While I’m taking a week off (mostly) and enjoying having Jimmy and Christine Moore as guests, I thought I’d post more letters from viewers.
I know your movie has been out for quite some time but my husband and I just watched it and LOVE IT!
Over the past few months we’ve been following the paleo lifestyle. We are in our early 40s are recognize that carbs are not our friends. We realized this as we did research to help our daughter combat ADHD without meds. We have cut out most sugar (she can have cake at school etc and a cheat night each week at home) and dyes, most carbs, etc. After changing her food consumption she’s been as good as gold. I think her diagnosis has saved the entire family.
As I was eating lunch at work today (beef patty, cauliflower rice made with onions and olive oil) and a pile of sauteed vege’s (made with coconut oil) I was struck at what my co-workers eating….progresso low everything soup. I was so glad to have a huge meal with saturated fat. I won’t be hungry for hours. I was reading your blog about Fatty Patty and how she craves carbs to keep her account up. That resonates with me. I was a weight watchers member for 12 HUNGRY years. I did get to goal but under an extreme amount of stress, lack of sleep and starvation. Did I mention I was up to running 20-25 miles per week to maintain? I feel so good today. I walk as much as I can and play.
Thanks for continuing to inspire.
Thank you, Becky. These letters keep me inspired too.
I don’t know if you recall this exchange from 2 years ago or not but I wanted to give you an update either way. 3 years ago I barely knew what a marathon was except that it involved something I never thought I’d even try, running. Well, a little more than a month ago on May 5th, 2013, my wife and I finished our first marathon hand-in-hand in 5:04:38!! Figured I’d attach a picture too!
The one on the left is from, I believe, September of 2010 at my peak weight of 265# and the right is at the finish of the 2013 Pittsburgh marathon at around 170#!! I settle at around 185 I think but obviously weight isn’t the best judge either way!
Thanks again for the inspiration!!
Nearly 100 pounds lighter and running marathons? You’re in the inspiration here, Alex. Congratulations to you and your wife.
Thank you sooo much for your movie. It literally changed my life. I was on the verge of trying to become a vegetarian (again) after seeing so many documentaries about the evils of meat. Like you, I tried a lot of diets that didn’t work. The only one I believed in was Atkins, which is too hardcore for me but definitely enlightened me about carbs. Atkins works!!! But after seeing documentaries like “The Gershon Miracle” and “Forks Over Knives,” I was confused. There’s so much misinformation out there. Thank God I decided to check out your movie before delving back into the depressing, strict and almost impossible vegetarian lifestyle.
Thanks to you and your documentary, I now look forward to eating. My mood has improved, my depression is gone, the weight is flying off, and I’m much, much more happy and content. I eat salads, yes. But I also eat chicken, steak, eggs … you name it. I almost never eat sweets. I probably consume under 39 carbs a day. I no longer skip meals, starving myself for no reason. Food is no longer the enemy.
There’s much more I could write, but since I’m on my iPhone and texting a long email isn’t fun, let me just say again… thank you. You’ve improved my life immeasurably.
You hit the nail on the head, Vince: Food is no longer the enemy. I remember all those years of feeling guilty pretty much every time I ate a meal I really enjoyed. That’s the great thing about a diet that allows you to eat foods you like and lose weight without having to endure being hungry all the time.
I loved your movie! I’ve watched it twice already and will probably watch it again with my family as I unapologetically stuff my face with saturated fats!
Your movie gave me permission to eat the things I know my body wants to eat but have always felt guilty eating. For the past few years everywhere I turn I’ve been bashed over the head with some self-righteous vegan judging me and my cheeseburger with ‘facts’ about health. I even tried to go green myself when the noise got too loud. I now realize that the times where I have been most depressed (standing on a balcony ledge kind of depressed) are the ones where I was living off of soy, white flour, and sugar.
I can now see that when I eat red meat and dairy, I feel happier, more satisfied after a meal, and I don’t crave carbs or sugar! Thanks so much for the PERMISSION to eat, and for the permission to flip the bird to passing vegans. (I won’t really do that, I’ll just tell them to watch your movie as I smugly eat my steak!)
Thanks again for this amazing film!
Heh-heh-heh. I don’t encourage people to flip the bird to vegans, but if they get in your face, well …
I just wanted to be yet another person to thank you for your Fat Head movie. I first watched it about a year and a half ago. My wife was out of town, so I was home alone and decided to search Netflix for an interesting documentary to watch. I came across your movie with the description that it was a rebuttal to “Super Size Me”. I thought it might be kind of entertaining, so I decided to watch it.
Since I was a bachelor for the weekend, as I watched the movie, I ate a bag of caramel candies and a bag of chips with some cream cheese dip (the cream cheese was probably the healthiest thing I was eating, and I shudder to think that I actually used to eat like that). By the time I got to the end of the movie, my thought was, “Oh man, he’s just pushing that Atkins crap!” … but something stuck with me…the more I thought about the movie and the points you made, the more I kept thinking about how much sense it made.
A few months later, my wife was out of town again, and I once again decided to watch Fat Head so I could re-absorb all the info. This time I decided, “What the heck? Nothing else has worked. I may as well give it a shot.” I texted my wife to pick up a couple of dozen eggs on the way home, which she thought was kind of odd, but did it anyway.
I then started on my lower-carb diet. I still had my honey-nut cheerios in the morning, but I was having less of them, and I was having them with half-and-half instead of milk. I also had a side of eggs. My lunch consisted of more meat and fatty foods, but I was still having my sandwiches. So even though I was switching to a lower-carb diet, I still hadn’t switched completely to a low-carb diet (I calculated I was down to about 70-80 grams a day, which was still a considerable improvement).
I was surprised to find that when I left work, I was no longer hungry, and I used to ALWAYS be hungry leaving work and couldn’t wait to get home to have dinner. I was also finding that the sandwich in my lunch, which used to be the most satisfying, was now the least satisfying.
My wife was not quite on the low-carb bandwagon yet, and she thought I was maybe being a little bit obsessive by reading everything I could find online and watching every youtube video relating to low-carb. Eventually, I bought the Atkins book, which has led to the diet I eat today. My wife did eventually come on board, and I had even asked her once if she wanted to watch Fat Head. She said, “No. Just tell me what to eat” … LOL
What has surprised me the most about this experience has been my sweet tooth – it’s gone! And I loooooooooooved sweets. Which just goes to show how much your appetite can change when you start feeding your body what it really needs.
I can’t thank you enough, and my life (and many others’) have been changed forever because of your movie.
I never thought of Fat Head as the kind of movie men watch when their wives are out of town, but I’m glad you watched it and were inspired to give up the sweets.
I emailed you back in February after watching Fat Head, and you were gracious enough to give me dietary advice and pointed me to a couple different resources.
Nearly five months later, I just wanted to respond back with my eternal gratitude. At 5’6, 230lbs, I was never able to get my weight and health under control no matter what diet I went on. Today, I am hovering in the 150s and love it! I’ve also had significant health improvements. My cholesterol levels are normalized, blood pressure went down, severe allergies that I’ve dealt with my entire life have vanished, and my migraine headaches I would continually get are gone! Thanks so much for the time and effort you spent making Fat Head and are still spending today by continuing to point people ahead on the road of health! Bless you!
In a follow-up email, Chris also told me this:
I even managed to convert my doctor, so I’m pretty happy about the whole thing!
Anyone who can convert a doctor deserves three cheers. So three cheers for you, Chris.