Fake Intake and Nutritian
Let’s start off with a little story about myself. I first started thinking about nutrition in the late 70’s and early 80’s. At that point, the advice from the top health experts was pretty simple: avoid sugar, avoid chemicals and focus on adding more natural goods.
During the late 80’s, we began to see the low-fat movement start to really take hold. It was all the rage among those who were active and/or trying to lose weight. Just like all fads, though, it eventually died down. Soon, it became that low-fat simply was not enough, so everyone started going fat-free.
Personally speaking, I did really well on low-fat diets. It provided me with lots of good energy, and I could maintain my body weight more easily. It was super helpful in helping me to perform as an athlete. Fat-free diets, frankly, just did not work as well. I always found myself feeling hungry and I was gaining weight. I could not seem to focus and my skin started to become dry.
This is when I started reading more about how certain fats, specifically omega-3 and omega-6, are essential for our bodies. It seemed radical at the time, but now we know just how obvious it really was all along.
Fast forward a couple decades and paleo started to become the latest dieting craze. These are the kind of high-fat, high saturated fat diets that you have heard about. I gave them a try as well and it totally made sense – I mean, what kind of guy does not want to feel like a macho, burly, manly caveman?
To tell you the truth, my health completely tanked. I was sluggish, and my athletic performance plummeted. I read about the “fat-adapted athlete movement,” and so I figured that I had to try harder and become “fat-adapted” for it all to work for me.
Many others had the same experience I did, but many did not. Why would some do well on a certain diet, while others felt awful? The reason here is that we do not all metabolize fat the same way. The biggest reason for this is the APOE gene.
I have a version called the 3/4 genotype, which roughly 20% of adults have. For us, not only do we feel worse on high-fat, low-carb diets, we are also placed at more risk because of them.
Please let me tell you all about the gene, what it means, and how you can find out about yours – also, what you can do about it today.