Letters From Viewers

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Here are a couple of emails I received recently:

Hi Tom –

I don’t know if you remember me, but your movie saved my life.  I am 324 lbs. lighter now and 41 lbs. away from goal.

Holy @#$%, did she say she’s lost 324 pounds?! I guess she did.  Wow.  Anyway …

I started at 565 lbs. — so close to putting a bullet in my brain. It seems like a lifetime ago.  Finally understanding the why of me being fat has made all the difference in my life. The guilt is gone, the food binges gone, the sugar cravings completely gone. I have adopted low carb as a lifestyle forever. I will never look back at what I turned myself into. I will only keep going forward with the new me.

Again, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You and your family have never left my prayers for the last two and a half years, and you may not know it but you are my ANGEL on earth.


I’m floored, Gretchen.  That is one of the most amazing transformations I’ve ever seen.  Congratulations.

Hi Tom –

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much you have changed my life.  I apologize for the length of this email, but there is so much to say — and I’m pumped up on Bulletproof coffee.

About 3 years ago, I saw Fat Head for the first time.  I had no idea what I was in for – I just hoped to see a rebuttal to Super Size Me, because that movie infuriated me.  Not for the reasons of the general population, though.  It made me mad because I was doing EVERYTHING “RIGHT” (according to conventional wisdom) and weighed 320 lbs. — and I NEVER ate at McDonalds!

I had tried everything.  Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, starvation, grapefruit, “calorie negative,” multiple shakes, Phentermine, and that horrible pill that makes you poop yourself.  I tried Atkins for a while in the mid-90’s but in the back of mind I believed that it was dangerous, so when I crumpled over my washing machine one day, sobbing for a piece of bread, I gave up.  I eventually decided that Gastric Bypass was my solution.  However, my insurance would only cover for a specific BMI, and I was a few points short.  I brilliantly decided to GAIN up to that mark so that I could have the surgery.  As life and Murphy’s Law goes, in the couple of months that it took me to meet that mark (plus some for good measure) my insurance stopped covering the procedure entirely.

I continued to try.  I continued to struggle. I continued to fail. I was miserable.  I hurt all over.  I barely had the strength to walk from room to room.  I was exhausted from sleep apnea — the sleep study said I stopped breathing once every four minutes.  I hated myself.  Why couldn’t I “do” it?  Why was I so weak-willed?  Why was I so hungry all the time?  The experts said I should ignore my hunger.  Why couldn’t I?

Then I saw Fat Head and a lightbulb went off in my head.  I watched it several more times.  I shared it with my family.  Then I went to the Fat Head website and saw an ad for a T-shirt that said “Wheat is Murder — Go Paleo!”  I thought, “What’s Paleo?”  My research began.

It was a trial and error process for some time.  I was so brainwashed with conventional wisdom that it was hard to forget everything I had lived and breathed for decades, even though those decades had been tragically unsuccessful, soul-crushingly frustrating, and criminally misinformed. And yet, in a year, I lost 100 lbs.  And I STILL wasn’t entirely convinced!  I lived a second year on the “80/20” program, which in retrospect was probably more like 50/50.  I felt pretty good, but was torn between “reach your goal” and “…but it tastes so good!”  I didn’t gain, but I didn’t lose any more, either.  I was focused on weight loss instead of health — and MAYBE losing 1/2 a pound today always lost out to “ooh, cinnamon rolls!”  Then I read Wheat Belly and my focus changed.  I realized I was poisoning myself.  And my kids.

I shared my new realizations with my incredibly supportive and long-suffering husband.  We discussed it over an entire week, and decided we were going to make the real commitment to health.  We were terrified how our kids would respond.  I was the mom who made elaborate birthday cakes — because that meant “See how much I LOVE YOU!”  Would they feel unloved when I said “no more birthday cakes”?  The idea made me cry.  We sat the kids (14, 12, and eight) down, explained our findings, told them that we loved them too much to poison them anymore, and told them to expect some withdrawals.  Guess what?

They never missed a beat.

We took sugar, grains, and processed food out of our home in one fell swoop.  I walked on eggshells (and feeding my family a dozen eggs a day, there were plenty of them!) waiting for the complaints, the withdrawals, the “I HATE YOU’s”  They never came.

In the last 6 months since this switch, let me tell you what did come.  My middle son (12), always the chubby couch potato with mom’s genes, lost 20 lbs. and was never hungry or unhappy.  It just fell off while none of us were really paying attention.  My oldest son (14), the wall-puncher with rage issues and who could only communicate by whining, mellowed.  The rage is gone.  He is now the most helpful, considerate, FUNNY kid you would ever meet.  The boys, who used to fight like cats and dogs, never fight anymore.

Our daughter (eight) probably struggles the most.  She is the social butterfly, so she’s always going to one function or another, spending the night with friends, and eating what they serve.  We don’t “forbid” this (obviously we can’t), but do try to point out when she has eaten “things we don’t have in our house” and has mood swings.  To us, it is glaringly obvious.  Oh, and that formerly chubby 12-year-old, turns out, is kind of an amazing soccer player.  The kids who used to have cereal or Pop Tarts for breakfast and the “nutritious” hot lunch at school would come home famished and cranky.  They would consume bags of potato chips, bottles of juice, and more Pop Tarts before dinner.  And then dessert.  Now they’re rarely hungry.  They don’t run for the pantry when they come through the door.

But that’s not all.  My husband and I are better parents.  We’re more patient.  Things roll off our backs with ease.  There are no more emotional outbursts from any of us.  My husband, who was never really overweight, has toned up, and the sinusitis that plagued him constantly has cleared up.  And me?  I’ve lost another 20 lbs, which is what prompted me to write.  I reached a huge milestone yesterday — I dropped below 200 lbs.  I wept.  For more than half my life, I thought I’d never see that “1” on the scale ever again.  I still have a way to go, and I know I’ve abused my metabolism so much that it will not be immediate.  But I also know I am SO much healthier. Even on days I don’t feel it in myself, I look at my family and know our lives have changed for the better in a million ways.

And I have you to thank for that.  For putting me on the right path, even though I learned slowly how to walk it.  And for sparing my kids a lifetime of the suffering I knew.  I can never thank you enough.  Just know that you HAVE changed the world, at least for us.


Believe me, Kelly, you did thank me enough.  And no need to apologize for the long email.  Letters like yours put a lump in my throat.


51 thoughts on “Letters From Viewers

  1. JM

    Wow these are amazing stories. Both of them blew me away. Tom, you should do a post on how you feel about Fathead now and the people who have changed themselves because of your actions. Maybe a guest post from your wife about you and the good you have done?

    I’ll consider that.

  2. Laurie

    Totally amazing stories. As the saying goes, those who are crazy enough to think they’ll change the world are the ones who do. I’ve turned into one of them! I’ve helped some friends get healthy and I know my days of being obese and *very* sick aren’t for nothing. Everything happens for a reason, even if you don’t see it at the time. Congrats to these amazing ladies and to you and Chareva for inspiring them!

    Thank you, Laurie.

  3. Gilana

    More fake “letters from readers,” eh, Tom?

    Well, the future doctor will no doubt tell himself that. Because that’s just what the world needs: another doctor who thinks he already knows everything.

    1. Dan

      Is this an inside joke or is “Gilana” really accusing you of forgery? If so, I’d like to talk to Gilana. During my last visit my doctor he said, “I don’t like it, but I can’t argue with your results.” This is in reference to quitting all meds , treating DM2 in my own way, and following a fasting lipid panel. Good to hear other people having “lightbulb” moments while watching Fathead.

      Good lord, no. She was referring to a recent troll who rationalizes away results that don’t match his belief that it’s about calories by accusing people of making up those results.

      1. Gilana

        Dan, my apologies. I knew Tom would get it, but I should have put some kind of internetty sarcasm detection unit in there just in case others didn’t. To be clear, I was kidding.

  4. Jeanmarie

    Wow, these are so inspiring! I’m crying in my kombucha and low-sugar coconut cookies. Thanks for sharing. How great it must make you feel to know your message really helped people!

    It does make me feel great, and I appreciate the fact that people take the time to write them. As regular readers know, I dealt with a pile of @#$% from my first two distributors, who lied to me and paid me nothing. Very frustrating, and there was a period early on when I regretted sinking so much time and money into making Fat Head. But all is well now, and letters like these remind me why it was all worth it.

  5. Kats612

    Wow! Thank you, Tom, for sharing these stories! I, too, have found that I’ve changed a few lives as well, starting with my husband’s and my own, but could not have done it without you and the other amazing Low Carb High Fat celebrities of the internet world. You and the others kept the information coming and the encouragement going. I have drawn MANY into this way of living using the info you and others have provided!

    I know you don’t consider yourself a celebrity, nor do the others. I would name them, but I’m terribly afraid I’d leave someone out and there are now so many that I follow. Each is important in their own way. I feel so grateful to be on the cutting edge of this wonderful, life extending WOL. I say “cutting edge” only because it is finally taking on wings and is about to fly! I realize this WOL is not new, but it is certainly gaining speed 🙂

    Thank you Tom for all you’ve done. And PLEASE, share more of these stories! Love them 🙂

    No, I don’t consider myself a celebrity (it’s not as if people gawk and reach for their cameras when I’m out in public), but I do consider myself one member of a large team of people who are doing their best to help.

  6. Chuck

    Isn’t it amazing how brainwashed you can become by conventional wisdom? That is, until you come across a movie like Fat Head that smacks you upside the head and snaps you out of your dazed and confused state (if your open-minded and have a functioning brain). Thanks for smacking me awake.

    Happy to be the smacker, if that’s what it took.

  7. Bill C.

    Two more inspiring stories from people you have touched with your movie. I bet in your wildest dreams you didn’t think the Fat Head movie would touch so many lives in the way it has.

    To date I have lost 50 pounds since my wife and I first watched your movie earlier this year and my wife has lost 55 pounds. All that weight loss without trying. No gym membership, no calorie counting, no portion control and no hunger. On top of the weight loss we are both healthier in many ways.

    Again I thank you for your great work. You’re living proof that one idea can change the world.

    I hoped people would find Fat Head amusing and informative. I never expected to receive all those thank-you emails.

  8. Karen

    I’m a tad upset that you didn’t make a lot from your movie. You definitely should have. Granted, I only had to lose 40-50 pounds but reading those emails from Gretchen and Kelly made me lose some tears. You and Chareva should be proud of yourselves… and keep it going!

    All’s well that ends well. The distribution company that put Fat Head on Hulu, Amazon Instant Play, Netflix, iTunes, etc., is run by honest people who send quarterly checks. We also sell quite few DVDs through the blog and through Amazon. It was the first two distributors who screwed us out of our royalties. They’re gone now.

  9. Elenor

    Love these letters, they made me tear up. (Congrats to you both!! And your families!) I know, Tom, that you’ve written before that you feel a bit reticent about posting what seems (only in YOUR head!) like “bragging” — but these kinds of stories are SUCH motivation. They’re a great ‘re-focusing’; a reminder to keep going. Heck, you could do what Mark Sisson does and post a letter every Friday — and it wouldn’t be bragging, it would be more helping!


    p.s., I just gave (another) referral to “watch Science for Smart People, then Fat Head” to a woman who came up to me in the soy-almond-coconut milk aisle in the supermarket. “Which should she get for her daughter?” ( I actually carry little business cards around with names, book (movie) titles, and URLS to hand out when I get on a roll. (Often.) But I always try to get folks to watch your movies first — because it starts them off easily. You’re my hero!)

    I appreciate the one-woman marketing effort.

    1. Debi

      That’s a FANTASTIC idea, Elenor!! The info-on-a-business-card idea!! I get so many people who ask me how I lost my weight and just don’t have anything on hand…. making some now!!
      BTW… LOVE Fat Head and all the teaching graphics, Tom! VERY easy to understand and get points across using your info and your DVD.

  10. hausfrau

    Love the letters. Always impressive. Eating fat does produce some wonderful changes in mood and behavior, for adults and kids both. I struggled with alcohol cravings at the time I discovered lo carb dieting. Within a month my cravings were under control. I believe it was partly connected to the yeast that feeds on sugars. Last spring we took the older kids (2 and 4) to a naturopath who talked us into taking all the grain and most of the sugars out of their diet. It took a while, several weeks, but the near constant zipping around like rabid bats finally toned down. My boy, in particular, can concentrate and sit still while I read books with paragraphs of print. We give our 7 month old coconut oil mixed in his baby food. He finally sleeps until 5am. Really, dietary fat is an incredible parenting aid. Husband dropped 91 points on his total cholesterol too, no meds. Can’t beat that with a stick.

    Natural fats do seem to have a stabilizing effect on the brain. I struggled with alcohol cravings during my days of living on a low-fat, grain-based diet as well.

    1. Firebird7478

      I can understand that considering most alcoholic beverages are grain based. I remember as a kid placing a piece of bread in my mouth and letting it melt. First it would get sweet like sugar. Then it would taste like beer. In fact I read a recent quote: Beer = Liquid bread.

  11. Babs

    The most amazing thing about Toms movie to me is that when you go High Fat Low Carb Moderate Protein living, the food cravings really do go away cuz the hunger goes away. The emotional eating goes away. I lived 34 years thinking I had a messed up relationship with food, when it turns out all the eating binges were actually physiological. Raising your blood sugar by eating hearthealthywholegrains causes problems not just the body but also the mind.

    People want to believe this is all about character — just have the willpower to eat less, by gosh! Funny how much my character improved when I switched to LCHF foods.

    1. hausfrau

      Once you experience the changes low carb causes, you really do see fat people in a whole new light. I remember working at a hospital in college, drawing blood. I got into a conversation with a woman who must have been over 100 pounds over weight while drawing her blood. She was exasperated. No matter how little she ate the weight wouldn’t come off. She said she had even resorted to starving herself on just bread and water. Poor lady. I hope she has since stumbled onto Fathead or something similar.

      I absolutely look at obese people differently now.

    2. Walter Bushell

      Hypothesis, if natural fats stabilize the brain, unnatural fats will destabilize the brain. Hence the improvement of character on a natural diet with lots of natural fats.

      I would expect this improvement of character to extend far beyond ability to lose weight.

  12. Betsy G

    Tom – so glad you shared this! It is so validating and encouraging for many others who embrace this lifestyle…..but struggle to convince all of our family members to do the same!!! I watched one of our grandchildren struggle with a terrible stomach ache this past weekend and brought up the idea of going LCHF with our daughter and she responded very negatively to the idea once again. I won’t give up!

    I hope she becomes more receptive to the idea. I dealt with stomach aches and other digestive issues for decades — I always packed my bottle of Pepto-Bismal for road trips. Now I can’t remember the last time I took a spoonful of that stuff.

    When my daughter Sara decides to indulge in some wheat-based food at a party or some other special occasion, we can pretty much count on her complaining of a stomach ache later in the day.

    1. Carole W

      So, Tom, if I may ask a parenting-related question here, how do you and Chareva react to the inevitable stomach ache? We have the same thing happen with our kiddos — well, their complaints range from stomach ache to general malaise, and then there are *our* complaints (regarding their out-of-control behaviors that get them into trouble). It’s a tricky road to travel, since we KNOW the cause of the behaviors and the ill feelings, but we allowed the kids to partake. We find ourselves torn between coddling them a bit since they do legitimately feel bad, and not coddling them because they made the choice to eat that stuff even though they knew that would happen. As they get older, we lean toward option #2. But I’m curious: what’s your approach?

      We remind the girls why those foods make them feel bad. We don’t forbid them from eating junk at a party or other special occasion because I think the “forbidden fruit” approach could easily backfire. The hope is that as they mature, they choose to skip the junk even when it’s offered. They already do sometimes.

  13. Angel

    AWESOME!! No, really! Thank you so much for sharing these stories. I am surrounded by people who need this info, who see how healthy I am, yet make no changes – I feel like I’m the only one not taking the crazy pills. Reading these stories helps me see that at least some people are getting the message and are choosing health over “but I don’t want to look whiny and stupid in front of my other crazy, overweight, and sick friends by asking for a gluten-free menu when I eat out.”

    Good health vs. fitting in … that’s not a tough decision for me.

    1. Galina L.

      My son explains his eating no gluten to his friends by telling that without gluten he has no eczema flare after drinking alcohol and eating spicy foods, which is true. Gluten gives him a mild eczema, which gets terribly worse after eating any problematic food or drinking. He still can’t eat fish.

    2. Walter Bushell

      RE: Crazy Pills — It ‘s true

      I have reason to believe that what conventional folly accepts as normal insulin and blood glucose levels induces mental stupor. IOW most people are walking around in a deficient mental state.

      No body system can function optimally in that state.

      I have done a 60 hour and 26 hour fast this week and felt
      great overall with some very modest and ignorable hunger pains more than worth it for the clarity. No to mention it’s been just recently that I started to look for stair and escalators to walk or jog up.

      I guess the expression is “joie de vivre”, or a deep sense of being glad to be alive which has always been difficult for me. Dr. Jason Fung gave me the final push to push IF beyond the 16-8 regime which seem to be essential for me.

      Hence Dr. Ornish, Campbell, et al..

  14. FrankG

    Even just one of these letters makes it worthwhile for me to put up with the bull-carp so many of suffer constantly from trolls and naysayers.. but both of these amazing, life-changing, inspiring e-mails, together with all the dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of others you must already have Tom, must make it so uplifting for you to know that you personally have made such an incredible difference and touched so many lives in such a positive way. They do say that laughter is the best medicine but I’d go further and say that your humor (in every sense of the word) and common-sense approach continues to save lives 🙂 Thank you!

    That’s what I was trying to explain to our future-doctor troll. No argument, no insult, no links to cherry-Googled studies will convince people they didn’t experience what they experienced. Everyone who sent me emails like these tried and failed (usually many times) to lose weight by simply restricting calories. Trying to persuade them (and me) that switching to a LCHF diet wasn’t the key to their success is laughable.

  15. Michele

    Would love to have suggestions from people on what their kids eat. My teenage daughter is willing to give up the grains, etc. (she enjoyed Fathead) but she is a fairly picky eater and it has been hard to find enough for her to eat.

    Chime in, folks.

    Dana Carpender and Judy Barnes Baker have both written excellent low-carb cookbooks.

    1. Pierson

      Does she like seafood and high-fat dairy? If so, a seafood and vegetable bisque (or other cream-based soup) might work. If nothing else, look at what she already eats, and try making paleo versions of it

      1. SB

        On breakfast: Is she not a fan of eggs by themselves, or would she eat an egg casserole (with veggies and sausage or bacon and some cheese)? Full fat yogurt with fruit (if she is fine with dairy).

        For us (no kids but moderately picky eater husband), it’s easier to make lots of food for dinner and pack leftovers for lunch- maybe turning leftovers into a sandwich (w/ “bread”) would be good for her.

        For veggies – soup is good – I made this butternut squash sausage one recently and it was really nice and reasonably filling with the cream and sausage. If she doesn’t like it, you probably will! http://tinyurl.com/yhfglzx

        1. Cameron Baum

          Try a brie and bacon omlette, with butter as the frying fat. Tastes wonderful.

          For me, egge make an important part of the breakfast start of tje day… Lately, it has been bacon and eggs, an sometimes mushrooms and tomatoes as well.

          I never was the greatest fan of eggs until I discovered I was preparing them in a way my body didn’t like. Which is why I don’t cook with vegetable oil now. I can really taste now how disgusting it is. Something similar might be happenong with yoir daughter, perhaps?

    2. Elle

      From what I gather talking to friends and family, it’s often not the ingredients that are objectionable, but the preperation. My dad didn’t know cauliflower was a solid until he married my mom. My mom thought she hated brussel sprouts until I convinced her to try a bite of my bacon-roasted sprouts. Turns out she just hates boiled sprouts. So changing up cooking techniques may help.

      Testing out new levels of done-ness may also help. Some people are turned off by seeing a pool of myoglobin under a rare steak, others hate the texture of well-done beef. (This was an issue I had with pork)

      The last suggestion I could make without knowing what your daughter is picky about is to try to get her involved in the cooking process. Encourage her to make dinner one night a week. Let her pick out the recipe, take her shopping for the ingredients, and let her cook it. That is the point me and my sister both became far better “eaters.” Getting excited about a meal and getting to control the ingredients really helped us branch out. In the process my sister discovered she prefers a near-vegetarian diet while I enjoy steaks that are big enough and rare enough that they threaten to eat the side salad. I’m still picky about veggies and she’s still picky about meat, but we both eat plenty of food.

    3. Melissa Cline

      My kids are still little, but they love bacon. The Elana’s pantry shepherd’s pie is delicious. http://www.yourlighterside.com has lots of good recipes–the crock pot pizza is a hit because who doesn’t like pizza? Google “fat head older brother pizza” and you’ll find a cheese and almond flour recipe for pizza crust that would fool anyone. I find romaine leaves make a lovely taco base to pile taco filling or sandwich guts into. We eat our burgers with cheese, bacon, avocado, etc, just no bun. When we eat chicken breasts, we use a cream sauce recipe like chicken cordon bleu. Some things I make same as before (beef stroganoff, meatballs in red sauce) just with less liquid (tomato paste instead of tomato sauce, omit or cut back broth) and serve with broccoli or zucchini instead of pasta.
      Kerrygold butter, olives, avocados, pork rinds, cheese, bell peppers are the usual kid snacks.

    4. Judy

      I have a recipe for baking powder biscuits that’s pretty yummy – grain free, made with almond flour and cream cheese. I’ll post the recipe if it’s ok with you, Tom. They don’t work with every type of sandwich, but they are really good with chicken or beef stew, or sausage gravy. I’m going to make another batch, fry up some sausage patties, and cook some eggs so I can have sausage egg biscuits for breakfasts this week. Haven’t tried all three of these together yet, but I suspect they’ll be pretty tasty.

      Sure, post it.

    5. Lori

      I’m not a kid anymore, but I’ve always like hamburgers and ice cream. Just sprinkle some salt and seasoning in ground beef and broil it about four minutes on each side. My low-carb ice cream recipes are on my blog (http://relievemypain.blogspot.com/2012/12/xxx-chocolate-ice-cream-low-carb-non.html and http://relievemypain.blogspot.com/2012/07/non-dairy-low-carb-lemon-ice-cream.html). The ice cream is non-dairy, which her skin will thank her for if she’s prone to acne.

    6. Galina L.

      I suggest mixing an egg or two with any pre-cooked finely cut vegetables, cooking it on a skillet into a crust and adding a cheese to melt at the end. You can use different veggies , mix broccoli with bacon, add shredded cheese to the mix, put deli meat on the top and fold it – there are tons of possibilities to make a not-obviously-eggy breakfast.

    7. Jill

      You know, a lot of fast food is still able to be eaten if you thrown off the bread and sauces. So if she has to eat McD’s sometimes it doesn’t have to be tragedy.

      Having said that, now is the time for your daughter to start sampling delicious (highfat) French pates, made of livers and flavoured with herbs; cheeses – cows, goats, sheeps; flourless cakes (made with almond flour);

      breakfast flax seed wraps with tuna, ham or turkey etc; sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, in duck fat and salt, pepper; small pure beef hamburgers/sliders in lettuce leaves and with mushroom caps as “buns”; grilled tomatoes;
      lasagne with eggplant/sliced chicken/zucchini/ layers;

      If your daughter likes noodles KONJAC noodles are available, tasty and neutral re blood sugar; plain dark chocolate with peanut butter/butter.

      I have found a tasty alternative Continental breakfast is almond flour cake with butter and a coffee rather than jam and baguette.

      Make your own green vegie dips at home with plain yoghurt, olive oil, salt pepper and garlic. Great way of getting greens in your diet if you’re not mad on them.
      Spanish tapas are great to try!

      Hope these are useful!

  16. TMA

    Fantastic. Very inspirational. Exactly as you say–no there’s no arguing with results. It is frustrating to hear people blindly trumpeting conventional dietary wisdom in light of all the collective experience that it just does not work.

    Those of who have experienced great results after switching to LCHF just laugh at those people. It’s like someone trying to convince me I don’t have blue eyes.

  17. Bret

    Amazing stories. Super happy for you both, Gretchen & Kelly!!

    I am so glad to see the film reaching so many people in need of the right information. It infuriates me to see all the bull**** that passes for “information” on this subject in the media & government. It is criminal.

    On the other hand, THANK YOU, Tom, for making Fat Head for heaven’s sake. Without it my wife & I would surely still be a collective 50 lbs heavier than we should be, while trying almost bulimically to exercise our meals away, and drastically increasing our chances of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, etc thanks to the bad diet. Eck, and we would also be feeding our 14-month-old daughter rice cereal & cheerios, avoiding butter like the plague, and preparing for reduced-fat (and eventually skim) milk.

  18. Kristin

    I cried reading these stories. Just so great!

    In particular I appreciated Gretchen who managed a bariatric surgery level of weight loss without the body mutilation. I’ve seen some of those reality shows that trace a very obese person who has tried everything and now resorted to gastric bypass. They always say “I just can’t control my eating.” My thought is of course they can’t. They’ve developed the issue that those obese mice who starved to death had. And when they get the bypass the lack of food finally induces the ketosis they needed but only by them being unable to get enough carbs in that little stomach.

    But of course I’m making a total armchair diagnosis here. How do I really know what a person in that condition needs? Now here is an existence proof that low carb really can repair extreme obesity. But not if the person is only told that it is their problem because they have no self control. The shaming around weight and feeding issues is just criminal and doctors participate in this gleefully.

    I presume that at this point, Gretchen and Kelly are both glad they didn’t resort to bariatric surgery.

    (Heh-heh-heh … my spell-checker in Firefox didn’t recognize “bariatric,” so I right-clicked to open the spelling suggestions and see if I’d made a typo. Top of the list for suggested spellings was “barbaric.” How appropriate.)

    1. Kristin

      LOL! So did my browser (Chrome.) I was going to add that detail to the comment but it didn’t really fit in anywhere. I also thought it quite appropriate.

  19. Miriam

    I had nearly the same experience as these ladies. I never tried Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers or any kind of official “diet” only because I’m stubborn. I thought that if a diet was healthy, it shouldn’t require you to eat less than starvation levels of food in order to simply not be enormously fat. I did watch what I ate, though, and ate only whole grains, almost no sugar and lots and lots of that healthy fruit. I was fat, sick, tired, had arthritis and all kinds of other little problems. I expecised, but it was manifestly a joke. Cutting out all that healthy stuff and eating lots of good fats made me lose 100 pounds in six months and 125 by nine months, as well as improve every other marker of health and get rid of all these “little problems” that I had thought were a normal part of aging.

    I actually read Gary Taubes’ book first, but in the process of research came across Fat Head pretty quickly. I’ve probably seen it 10 times and forced a number of people to watch it. I recommend it and this blog on my blog–which I started because so many people asked me how it happened and I couldn’t tell them in a 30 second conversation. Although I link to and/or recommend a number of things on there, the Fat Head movie is by far the most popular the one most people have gone too. Movies are just so much more accessible for some people, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s out there. To date, almost all of my brothers and sisters and their spouses and their children, as well as dozens of people I know, are trying to eat this way, and not one has failed to see some benefit.

    When someone writes me clearly hoping I’ll make Fat Head “available” through some less-than-legal source so they won’t have to pay for it (thankfully doesn’t happen that much anymore–it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime anymore) I get a tad exercised.

    I appreciate you not giving it away for free.

    125 pounds in nine months is quite an accomplishment.

  20. Adam Kosloff

    Great stuff, Tom!

    Btw, just convinced two close friends to go rent FatHead (or download it, or stream it, or whatever the kids do these days).

    Keep spreading the gospel, brother!

    If they’re kids, they’re probably watching it online. Physical DVDs are, like, soooo 2002.

  21. Judy

    Okay, here it is.

    Grain-free baking powder biscuits

    2 Cups almond flour
    1 Tbls xanthan gum
    1 Tbls baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 oz cream cheese (the block kind, not the stuff in the tub)
    1/2 Cup milk or milk sub

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    Mix dry ingredients together.
    Cut in cream cheese – I use a bent fork, works great.
    Add milk and mix well. Dough will be a bit sticky.
    Form into balls with hands or use an ice cream scoop.
    Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Flatten to desired thickness. These won’t rise much.
    Makes 8-10 small biscuits or 5-6 large.
    Bake 10-14 minutes for small biscuits or 14-18 minutes for large, depending on your oven, until lightly brown on top. These will brown up a bit more as they cool, and the bottoms get really dark if you leave them in too long.

    Refrigerate or freeze if not using within the next day. These will start molding within 2-3 days.

    The cream cheese seems to cut the stronger flavor of the almond flour. I’ve tried it without, and didn’t care for the flavor as much, plus they were a bit crumbly. I’ve tried it with the cream cheese and without the xanthan gum – the flavor was good, and they were moist, but pretty crumbly at the same time.


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