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Eat Fat Get Thin 

The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program

Plan's name: Eat Fat, Get Thin

Book(s): Eat Fat, Get Thin! - first published in 1999 by Barry Groves.
 

About the author: Dr Groves and his wife, Monica, became overweight in the first few years after their marriage in 1957. He discovered the low carb diet in 1962, and both he and his wife lost weight with great success. They have maintained the weight loss since then.

He began studying the role of food types in the aetiology of obesity at that time, and in 1982 when he retired from the Royal Air Force, began full time research, later broadening the scope of his research to the relationship between diet and other modern 'diseases of civilisation' such as heart disease and cancer.

He has a PhD in Nutritional Science.
 

Basic Philosophy: This is a high fat, low carb plan, which allows 60g carbohydrates per day. Calories are unrestricted. Ketosis is considered unnecessary; Dr Groves even feels it is undesirable.
 

By the numbers: : There are no phases in this plan. One continues eating 60g carbs until goal is reached. At that time extra carbs can be added until no further weight is being lost.

Method: : Reduce your intake of refined carbs.
You can eat as much as you want of any meat, fish, poultry, cheese, cream, butter and eggs.
You can eat as much as you like of green leafy vegetables: cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, and so on.
He does say that it is advisable to cut out some foods such as sugar and cereals completely, but does include small amounts in his menus. He cautions that you may need to be wary of such foods.
Fruit and vegetables are permitted, just cut down on the sweeter, starchier ones.
He says it is a good idea to give up bread, but if you feel you cannot, cut down to a maximum of 2 slices per day.

Exercise only if you want to.
Dr Groves states that exercise has its place in a healthy lifestyle, but says that as a means of losing weight it is a dead loss. Only do the exercise you enjoy.

Leave the fat on meat.
And do not remove the skin from chicken, duck or turkey. Use full cream milk in preference to skim, and have cream with your fruit if you wish.

Eat a high protein breakfast.
It is essential to start the day in such a way that your blood sugar levels are high and you will not have to snack between meals.
Chapter 9 cites studies which show that doing this can keep your blood sugar levels steady all day long.

If you are not overweight, do not diet.
The book includes a chapter where normal weight ranges are discussed.

Typical menu: 

Breakfast:
1 cup grapefruit juice
Herb omelette
2-3 slices streaky bacon
1 slice buttered toast
22g carbs

Lunch:
Beef steak with its fat
cup carrots in butter
1 cup green beans
1 thin slice sponge cake
27g carbs

Dinner:
Poached halibut
Green salad
Cheese with 2 water biscuits and butter.
11g carbs
Total carbohydrates for the day: 60 grams.
 

Unique Fatures: 

The plan does permit small amounts of sugar and refined carbs. Some of the recipes in Eat Fat, Get Thin are even made with sugar. For this reason, this plan may not be suitable for someone who has a strong addiction to carbs.
 

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