I once had a fear of fat while growing up. I subscribed to the antiquated “all calories are the same” myth, a mentality that demonizes fat. After all, eating fat makes you fat, right? End of story.
From a caloric perspective, that makes sense. Dietary fat contains nine calories per gram, versus the four calories per gram for carbs and protein. If you eat less fat, you will eat fewer calories, and you will lose weight – easy and done, right?
Unfortunately, that theory doesn’t work for many reasons. The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths that keep us fat and sick.
Earlier this year, I brought together some of my favorite doctors, scientists, researchers and health experts to discuss the idea that food is information and that the information in fat is actually beneficial for our health, despite what we’ve been told for decades. My goals for the original Fat Summit were to clear up the confusion around this misunderstood nutrient and prove that it has a place in our diets.
I was really lucky to have Dr. Christiane Northrup join the Fat Summit and share her expertise on women’s health, hormonal health, cholesterol and the idea that food is information and that food is medicine. It was such a great interview that I wanted to share it with you, and use this opportunity to announce that the conversation about fat is just beginning!
Creating The Fat Summit was one of the highlights of my career! I enjoyed delving into this subject with all of the experts and found that we were only scratching the surface. So, I decided to continue the conversation and launch The Fat Summit 2: Separating Even More Fat from Fiction.
Check out my talk with Christiane from the first Fat Summit, and if you find it as compelling as I do, then you will for sure want to hear more about what it takes to get healthy and stay healthy. Don’t miss out – continue to hear these amazing conversations with world-renowned experts by registering for the Fat Summit 2 here. Download the transcript to this video here.
I look forward to having you join us in continuing this important discussion!
Wishing you health & happiness,
Mark Hyman, M.D.