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Spring 2016

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92 BAL HARBOUR EAT FAT, GET THIN? With a catchy title and new research, Dr. Mark Hyman's latest book dispels the low-fat diet myth and makes a case for good fats. BY ERIC NEWILL Today, Americans are heavier than ever—but this might partly be due to mass confusion. In our embrace of low-fat diets, we have inadvertently made ourselves gain weight by replacing good fats with refined carbohydrates like pasta, rice and cereals. So believes Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., the highly respected founder of The UltraWellness Center and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. His new book, "Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health," details the fats we now know we should be consuming, the foods we should avoid, and the reasons we were mistaken in the first place— as well as a 21-day plan to achieving renewed vitality. Why are Americans today so heavy? Americans still believe in the myth that fat makes you fat, but the latest government reports have stopped recommending a limit on dietary fat (apart from saturated fat). The public believes we should be eating low-fat to lose weight, but the truth is Americans have been consuming more refined carbs and sugar, which drive obesity. Science now recommends that the best way to lose weight is to eat more fat, not less, but in the absence of refined carbs and sugar. Why are people so confused? Until a month ago our own government recommended reducing fat intake. New dietary guidelines have taken away those recommendations, but they still promote eating low-fat dairy, so there's a huge contradiction. People are getting mixed messages. I felt TRUNK ARCHIVE

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