I can’t believe this happened a few weeks ago and I didn’t tell you guys about it. I was sitting on the sofa watching Scream Queens the other Monday when a message flashed up on Facebook. ‘The High Fat Diet is on Channel Four’ said my friend Sally.
‘What my High Fat Diet, the actual book? – I pinged back
Cue frantic scramble to find the remote and record Channel 4 +1 so I could see what had already been said.
And look above MY NAME WAS ON THE TELE
The story was this: The show compares different ‘in the news’ diets – in this show they were putting people on plans including The High Fat Diet (which I wrote alongside top trainer Zana Morris), The Paleo Diet, a Mediterranean Diet, being fed through a nose tube (and I thought High Fat was severe) and the Cookie Diet and seeing what happened. I was frankly terrified. I know the plan works for me, I know the plan has worked for the hundreds of people my co-author and the creator of the plan Zana Morris has used it on in her gyms, I know we’ve had lots of good reviews on amazon with people losing lots of weight, but on actual television – oh god.
I don’t know who was most worried at first me, or tester Natasha – her face when they said she was going on a High Fat diet was a picture. ‘I’m scared,’ she said. ‘I’m going to be a hippo on the beach’. She honestly thought she was going to gain two stone.
I was pleased that the presenter Dr Xander Van Tulleken reassured Natasha by saying ‘Fat is not the enemy – fat does not make people fat.’ Of course it can if it’s attached to chips, chocolate and other carby friends – it’s that combination that causes so many of us problems. If you eat sensible amounts of fat and protein with just a few vegetables though you won’t gain weight.
I admit my heart sank when one of the next shots was of Natasha feeding her cheesy omelette dinner to the dog as it was super rich and making her feel a bit queasy…..not least as I worked very hard on those recipes. We’re going to get destroyed I thought – but no, by the end of the show Natasha had lost 8lb in two weeks, four times more than her friend on the Med Diet – and she was thrilled to bits (even if she did say she’d never do it again….yes, Natasha I said that too the first time I tried it). If you want to watch it yourself, it’s still available for a couple more weeks – here’s where you’ll find it – you need episode 3
There are a couple things I’d like to just point out though…
Natasha did cheat for a meal – yes she still lost weight, but throughout the book we say ‘don’t cheat, don’t cheat, don’t cheat’ for a reason. It slows your results but also the plan relies on you going into a state called ketosis where your body burns fat for fuel not sugar, This is not an easy process and you can feel a bit rubbish at first – stay in ketosis though and your body gets used to it and your energy returns and any symptoms vanish, knock yourself out of ketosis though and you might find the symptoms last a bit longer than they should.
For some reason they filmed Natasha running – which isn’t part of the plan. She looked miserable and exhausted – which you will, especially if you run in the first few days when energy can be low – there’s a reason why the exercise on the plan is a short 12 minute weights workout. That’s doable – try and do much more and it can feel like moving through mud
I’m on the plan again myself – I tried ‘sensible eating and portion control’ and shedloads of exercise for two weeks to get rid of the Burrito Belly I picked up in Vegas and absolutely nothing happened. I know High Fat works for me and so both The Boyfriend and I are currently eating a lot of avocados and cream cheese. Sp far I’ve lost 7lb since Sunday, he’s lost 10lb – we’ve got till next Tuesday to go. I’m currently at the tough stage, where my energy is a bit low, I’ve got a headache and I’m sick to death of creamy foods, but it’s only a few more days – I could do with shifting 3lb more. Now some of you will be reading this and saying ‘yes, but you’ll put it straight back on.’ Well this is where emerging weight science is changing – recent research has shown that just because you lose weight quickly there’s no biological reason why you should put it back on any more quickly than someone losing the same amount of weight slowly so long as you realise that if you go back to eating exactly what you ate when you got fat that weight will go back on. (Here’s a nice explanation of the study). this isn’t a problem for me… as I say in the book, I gain weight when I go on holiday. If I simply eat normally though, and don’t fall into a sugar trap, my weight stays off. In other words, if I’m stupid, it goes back on…..but that would happen if I’d taken six months to lose the same number of pounds as I’m basically gorging on burritos and not burning them off! And I’d rather be super strict for 10 days than fixated on rigidly controlling my food for three months – because I already eat healthily (I only gain weight on holiday – but I do have a lot of holidays) so I don’t need to do ‘a change of lifestyle’ – I need to do a diet!
So, there you have it, my brief moment of fame on the tele the other week. If you want to try the plan yourself, here’s a handy link
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