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Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:02

The obesity epidemic of the past century has mirrored the rise in consumption of processed, devitalized foods. Dr. Weston A. Price's nonindustrialized people, however, did not have weight problems on their traditional diets.

The place to start for losing weight is in switching to a nourishing traditional diet such as those of the populations Price studied. See our Characteristics of Traditional Diets, Dietary Guidelines, Dietary Dangers for a basic starting point. Nourishing Traditions provides a comprehensive nutrition guide and basic cookbook for traditional foods. Lori Lipinski's series on "Making the Transition" also has excellent step-by-step tips for ridding your pantry of processed food and using healthy alternatives.

We do not recommend lowfat diets, high protein diets that restrict fat, vegetarian diets,* or vegan diets. The body needs an abundant supply of the fat-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble activators found only in animal fats. Many of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables cannot be absorbed without fat, and protein cannot be assimilated without fat. In fact, the body will rob its own precious stores of fat-soluble vitamins in order to digest protein if adequate fat is not eaten with it, which can lead to rapid depletion of these nutrients so necessary for so many biological functions. Price's natives never ate lean meat without the fat.

*Vegetarian diets that include liberal use of eggs and raw dairy products can be healthy for some people. However, childen, people who want to conceive or are pregnant or lactating, and others with compromised health or digestive systems may do poorly on a vegetarian diet.

Reducing simple carbohydrates and increasing saturated fats is the basis for many of the recommendations in the books below. The fatty acids in coconut oil and butter in particular are helpful for weight loss.

For an inspiring account of a formerly obese man who shed his excess weight and returned to radiant health, read A Life Unburdened: Getting Over Weight and Getting On With My Life by Richard Morris.

Some people who switch to a nourishing traditional diet still have difficulty losing weight. This could be do to any number of underlying health issues such as toxic overload from poisons like amalgam (mercury) dental fillings, insulin resistance, and other issues. See our Ask the Doctor About Losing Weight column for a perspective on this from Dr. Thomas Cowan. His website The Fourfold Path to Healing (along with his book of the same name) offers help for weight loss. See in particular his Sample Menus for Weight Loss.


These books may also offer advice that will help with your particular needs.

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written by DEL, Mar 06 2014
After much self-experimentation and dietary alteration, I have come to believe that both fat and carbs -- not one or the other -- can potentially lead to weight gain. I was a vegetarian for many years, and I was exceptionally thin throughout that entire period, which was by nature relatively low-fat and high in grains and legumes. My health, as you may guess, was terrible though, both mentally and physically. After switching to a high-fat, (relatively) low-carb diet for health reasons, and eating meat again, I put on a good deal of weight. I never did understand the people who said "fat doesn't make you fat," because clearly it would for me. After going way high-fat and reducing carbs even more, I eventually adapted to this way of eating, and then even the smallest amount of sugar, say one piece of fruit, would make me put on weight. I finally settled on a more moderate (yet still low-carb) balance, roughly 80 - 100g of carbs per day, good doses of protein and liberal amounts of fat, and stuck to it. After only a couple days, my weight went back to normal and I am now as thin as I ever was. What I took away from this is that the body gets used to using a certain macronutrient ratio for energy, and when we suddenly feed it some extreme deviation from that ratio, it stores it rather than using it. When I was a "sugar burner," I stored dietary fat as body fat; when I was a "fat burner" I stored sugar as fat. Now, with a very balanced diet, if I eat loads of sugar or loads of fat at once, I'll put on weight-- so I have found that the key is to simply eat a consistent, healthy macronutrient ratio that works for your body, and not deviate too extremely from that. So basically, whatever the body is used to utilizing for energy, it will use; and anything in excess of what it's used to utilizing for energy will be stored as fat. This may be complete rubbish...but it has seemed to be the case with me!
written by Cara , Oct 09 2013
What if your fallowing all the right dietary instructions, eating the right amount of healthy animal fats,
Coconut oil, palm oil, etc. And all the right proteins like organic pasture raised lamb, free range organic chicken, organic turkey,
Organic naturally smoked bacon, etc. And all the right veggies and your still not losing weight? I'm seventeen years old and exercise daily, eat natural foods properly prepared, no grains or sugars at all, plenty of good fats and adequate outdoor time and I'm still at around 125 pounds and I'm 5 feet 4 inches tall. I would like to drop at least 15 pounds and be 115 pounds but unless I virtually starve myself, eat no fats and feel weak and miserable I can't lost any weight. What is this about??? Could my body not lose weight due to it's being at a relatively healthy weight even though I want to be thinner? I'm very frustrated and confused. I also have gallbladder and liver problems and although I eat no sugar, carbs at all mag eat all organic and softly cooked foods I have trouble with gallstones etc and intense pain in my right side for a month or two. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks !smilies/smiley.gif
written by Beth, Jun 27 2013
Kate, read Matt Stone's book "Diet Recovery II" or "Eat for Heat" or "180 Degree Metabolism"... he explains why you are gaining weight and it is most likely due to your body trying to refeed the lack of nutrients from your previous (SAD) diet. If you eat in abundance, you will get to a point where your body will recognize that it is now nourished and the leptin switch will flip! That says its okay to now lose the extra fat and you will start to lose again until you reach your natural healthy weight. People freak out before this and think that they have to diet! This "refeeding" must include proteins, carbohydrates and fats to work properly. Low-carb diets don't do it... you eventually suffer from not having enough carbs (there's nothing wrong with potatoes, btw!). At the point where you are naturally healthy (and this does NOT include any heavy exercise, but sleep, rest and getting rid of excess stress!), then you can start to monitor the amounts of the meat you eat versus the carbs and still include some fat. This is easy because you'll stop being so hungry and will more naturally be nourished and satisfied with the amount of food that YOUR body is asking for. We always think there is a general formula for the perfect diet, but think about all the indigenous tribes that Price studied-- they didn't have weight issues, certainly didn't "diet" and no one was prescribing how much of each serving to eat. They naturally ate what they needed and were happy and healthy! We can be that way too. (Just stay away from man-made crap like high fructose things, PUFA's like vegetable oils with high omega 6 fatty acids and a lot of processed flour products-- these override the fat storage signal and pack on the pounds!). Eating shouldn't be stressful at all! We also don't have to look like Gweneth Paltrow and be that skinny-- she had a miscarriage and multiple health problems so she's no icon to follow if you're thinking you want to look like that.)
Weight loss and Obesity
written by Daniel Negron, Nov 23 2012
Obesity is a common problem to our society, children are the common victim to this because of the reason they are not monitored and guided properly by their parents. Due to obesity, we can say we are somehow prone to health problem especially blood sugar and high blood pressure, it would be best for us to have a good diet and eat healthy foods to avoid having health problems in the future.
Eating Real Food and still Gaining Weight!
written by Kate, May 10 2012
About 3 or 4 months ago I started eating a Real Food diet, before that I had only eaten organic and local as much as possible and I was loosely following a paleolitic lifestyle. I love eating Real Food, I feel great. The problem is I have been putting on weight! I have read so many testimonials about how as soon as people started eating Real Food they lost weight and because healthier but its not happening for me. I follow Sally Fallon's/weston a. price's guidelines strictly but I still keep gaining. My acne is also worse and my hair is dry. Any thoughts? I'm at a loss!
written by shawnda, Apr 26 2011
I have heard that as long as you limit your carbs to less than 100 g per day and eat minimal sugar you will loose weight. Is this true? By "minimal" sugar how much does that mean... like 1 fruit or 1 glass a milk a day?
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written by Dana, Jun 28 2010
Never judge someone's propensity for chronic disease by their body weight. Just because many French are not fat (it isn't true that none are) doesn't mean they aren't sick. Part of the problem is their smoking, but those breads and potatoes are not doing them any good either.

If I might point out one tiny detail, a lot of French bread comes from refined flour anymore. And there are other problems too.

There's a continuum of health we're talking about here. People who insist that grains are healthy and that bread's OK to eat "in moderation" seem to forget that our species has almost no evolutionary experience with the stuff. Before the Agricultural Revolution there were a handful of peoples who ate grain occasionally, but the healthy ones didn't eat much of it, or any at all--the latter usually being the case.

If you look at Weston Price's numbers for which of his isolated traditional peoples had the most cavities, you'll find it's the ones who ate bread as a dietary staple. Properly fermented or not, didn't matter--they still ate it. The Inuit, who barely ate any *vegetables* and certainly not grain, had the lowest incidence of caries.

Teeth are the front line of health warnings in the body, I think. If you're slender but your teeth are rotting out of your mouth then you are still doing something wrong.

And if you're slender but your cholesterol, triglyceride, and glucose numbers are still weird, it's not "genetic"--you're doing something wrong.

I think of fat people as lucky. Because we got warned in a way we could not ignore that *we* were doing something wrong. I feel sorry for slender people who think they're off the hook because they're in the correct weight range. Better look again.

I appreciate that WAPF shows people how to make grain foods *less* dangerous. But they are still dangerous and eating them regularly, as a staple or a main course, is a mistake.
written by Angela, Jun 09 2010
Might also be all the hormones stuffed into us and that our fish end up having to .. also radiation from wars seems to cause diabetes and is now everywhere.

I don't think it's the carbs .... Many people like the French, Chinese & Italian's eat carbs and are not overweight. I think it's the refined sugar in our diets.

Maybe people eating sugar for energy instead of what they should be eating ..meat and it's fat. I try to eat fruit when I have sugar cravings. Usually works but it's some difficult to eat no sugar when it's all we see in grocery stores etc. I try to avoid it or not bring it home ! lol..
Fats and cholesterol
written by Tracy, Feb 17 2010
The dangers of CVD or CHD come into play when someone eats a lot of carbohydrates with saturated fats. Blood cholesterol levels begin to increase when the body cannot metabolize them, and cause their agglutination to the blood vessel walls. This is what causes heart attacks. Vegans will have a lack of cholesterol, as well as a reduction in metabolizing hormones and bodily biological function.
Selling Obesity in the Lobby, Fast Food in Hospitals
written by jeffrey dach md, Feb 15 2010

Peter Cram reported in JAMA that forty per cent of hospitals have fast food in the lobby. While you might consider this an outrage, the hospital probably considers it business as usual. Your hospital banned cigarette smoking long ago, yet still sends the message that fast food is healthy for you.

Fast Food Causes Obesity and Chronic Disease

Michael Pollen, a journalist and author of "In Defense of Food", and "Food Rules" says in a New York Times Editorial that fast food causes chronic disease, and "there’s lots of money to be made selling fast food, and then treating the diseases that fast food causes. One of the leading products of the American food industry has become patients for the American health care industry".

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written by primitive-wisdom, Jan 31 2010
I agree with the article. Thanx..We have been vegans before for 2 years, but no thanx...We both injured form vegan diet although I think we ate far superior to most people who eat meat.. Vegetables very carefully selected, properly prepared, wide variety, well combined, etc. Well, it turned out that it is not for us. Those who happy with it, let them be. And we are happy healthy and strong following these basic principles.

Here I spoke, Thasunko Sapa aka The Black Horse. LOL
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