When I first started a keotgenic diet in 2016, I was someone brainwashed into not eating fat. I trimmed fat off of steaks and hadn’t eaten chicken skin since I was a child.
I went through the American public education system in the 80’s and 90’s. The food pyramid was always prominent in health class. It made an impression on me that the guidelines recommended 6-11 servings of grains a day. I loved rice and bread, so I age copious amounts.
I was always slightly overweight as a child, but years of carbohydrate and sugar abuse lead me to obesity. There were times when I was more active or tried some low-fat diet and lost weight. I wasn’t able to keep it off. I never thought that eating more fat would help me lose weight and feel great.
When I started the keto diet, I was mildly obsessed with getting enough fat. I didn’t think I’d be able to. I cooked all my eggs in bacon grease, bought the fattiest ground beef I could find. I ate cheese (despite my lifelong aversion, I kind of like certain varieties now)! I made fat bombs, I drank bulletproof coffee on occasion. I cooked things in butter and I ate lots of avocados.
Eventually I stopped stressing and started to enjoy the fat. It tastes good and things that are low in it are not flavorful. I don’t really recall when it happened, but I became converted. I love the fat. Not to the point where I snack on cubes of tallow, but I enjoy fattier cuts and I try to eat as much of it as I can.
The greatest thing about being fat adapted is the lack of hunger. Back when I ate the ‘standard’ low-fat, high-carb diet, I was always hungry. I’d eat dinner and want dessert. Snacks were common and not really ‘snack sized’. Now I eat about 2 meals a day and don’t really bother with snacking at all.
In fact, since I still have body fat to lose, I’m ok with being a bit hungry at times. I just keep going until I’m very hungry. Sometimes it’s just once a day and I’ll eat a big meal. Intermittent Fasting is a wonderful thing, but that’s for another post.
I’ve known a few people who’ve struggled with fat when they decided to go into a ketogenic way of eating. They either don’t like the taste or they have too much of a psychological aversion to it. I believe most of that is conditioning and can be broken. Once you love the fat, you’ll lose it!
Do you or did you have an aversion to eating fatty foods? Were you able to overcome it?