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The Secret Fat that Makes You Thin

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“Dr. Hyman, I’ve heard you mention MCT oil before,” writes this week’s house call. “Can you tell me more about it and the potential benefits?” MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides . They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil.  Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because […]

Why Oil is Bad for You

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“Dr. Hyman, I grew up in a house where we used vegetable oil every day to cook with,” writes this week’s house call. “My mom still uses these oils and I’m trying to convince her to switch to coconut or olive oil. Any advice?” We were all trained that vegetable oils were good and butter […]

Is Meat Good or Bad for You?

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“Dr. Hyman, I see so many conflicting reports about meat,” begins this week’s house call question. “Some say it can be part of a healthy diet. Others declare it is the root cause of disease – including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. I have friends who completely avoid it and other friends of mine who […]

7 Ways to Optimize Cholesterol

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“My doctor says my LDL cholesterol is really high and he’s concerned,” is this week’s house call question. “Now you’re saying that I should eat more fat, which should improve my cholesterol. I thought fat was the last thing I should be eating with high cholesterol.” I know how confusing cholesterol and dietary fat has […]

Why Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat!

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“The plan you’re putting me on includes lots of nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, eggs, and even some butter,” a patient recently told me. “I can’t shake my fear of fat. I think all this food is going to make me gain weight.” If you can identify with this patient, you’re not alone. Even I […]

Always Hungry? Here’s why.

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Books on weight loss fall into 2 categories: Books by “experts” advocating some variations of the same advice we’ve heard for years: eat less/exercise more, and books by celebrities, often with interesting new approaches, but lacking on the science.   And then there’s a third category with just one book:  It’s Always Hungry? written by […]

Hit Your Reset Button to Make 2016 Your Leanest, Healthiest Self

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“I’m really interested in doing a New Year’s reset and The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet seems like the right choice,” begins this week’s house call. “But can you really change your health in just 10 days?” I get this exact question from time to time, especially after the holidays when people are ready […]

Separating Fat from Fiction: 10 Fat Facts You Need to Know

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“Everyone seems to be talking about fat these days. That fat somehow is good now and can help with weight loss and disease prevention.  How can that be true when for decades we all were told that fat was the bad guy?” asks this week’s house call. “What are its benefits? Are there any downsides […]

Stop Being “Nice” and Do This Instead

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This week’s House Call is really a personal confession!  I’ve long struggled with being a “nice-a-holic,” which in a backward kind of way is actually a form of lying – kind of like when your mouth says yes and your heart says no.  “What does this have to do with being healthier, Dr. Hyman?” you […]

8 Strategies to Reverse Skinny-Fat Syndrome

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“If I’m not overweight, do I need to become concerned about obesity and other health issues?” asks this week’s House Call. “Even though I drink soda and eat whatever I want, I don’t gain weight. Should I be worried?” The short answer is yes, and here’s why. One study published in the Journal of the […]

Why You Should Ditch Artificial Sweeteners

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“I know you’re not big on sugar and frequently tell people to cut down on it,” writes this week’s House Call. “But what about artificial sweeteners? Can I use those instead?” Sadly, the answer is emphatically no. Human, animal, experimental, and other studies show artificial sweeteners can be just as bad and maybe even worse […]

The Missing Link that Keeps You Lean & Healthy

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“I have friends who are not so healthy and are always trying to convince me that it’s okay to indulge in chocolate cake or soda or whatever,” writes this week’s House Call. “How can I gracefully handle such situations without coming off like a wet blanket?” I call these people food pushers, and we all […]