In the 1990’s (for me age 11 to 21), I struggled with my size. My Mom would have to buy me adult clothes by that age because I didn’t fit in kids sizes any more. I read Dean Ornish’s Eat More, Weigh Less and adopted the idea completely that I needed to eat less fat infact almost none. No butter, little cheese and low fat everything. I even remember buying cheese cloth and straining yogourt for days to make a low-fat cream cheese. This is quite tasty to do, but I was doing it for the wrong reasons – I was doing it because at that time in particular, fat was bad.
We then moved into the Atkin’s age and suddenly all carbs were bad. We now we have Paleo which rejects modern processed food – and the jury is still out on it.
The FAT Project approaches all of these diets with a healthy dose of skepticism for their eschewing or labeling one thing in particular as bad. Our approach for right now is all about balance and as we go forward there will be continually assessment of dietary needs and the right methods to achieve success in the FAT Project
And now a fun article on the success of longevity with the Mid-Victorian diet: