I have now lost over 50 pounds on the oil change diet. I am still not taking any of the 5 prescription medications I was taking before I started this diet. My blood pressure is within the range my doctor had set when I was on blood pressure medication. My arthritis pain is less than it was when I was on NSAID and pain meds.
Like me, before I found this diet, many people that try to lose weight and have some limited success while they follow some very limited choice of foods and then gain back everything they lost plus a bit more when the return to their old ways. I had been trying to lose weight for most of the past 20 years off and on, but was always losing the battle until I found this diet. Actually, I did not start this diet to lose weight—I started it to prevent heart disease and to reduce my blood pressure and arthritic pain after reading about the biochemistry of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. I knew that the chemistry was sound and that changing the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in my body would help limit the inflammation response. So, I seriously started avoiding omega-6 and increasing my intake of omega-3. In just 3 weeks, I was off all of the 9 prescription pills a day that I had been taking—5 different prescriptions.
When I stepped on the scales I was down 15 pounds in just 3 weeks! I knew that that weight loss was not from cutting calories. That weight loss came from reducing the inflammation and vaso-constrictive effects of the hormones derived from omega-6 fats in my body. I did not expect to continue to lose weight, but as I continued to avoid the foods that provide high levels of omega-6, I continued to lose one to two pounds per month. That is a healthy rate of weight loss and the food choices on this diet are not that limited. I did not know it when I started the diet, but I later found out that one of the hormones that omega-6 can be used to make in our body is an endo-cannabanoid—it is a hormone that increases our appetite. Reducing that hormone has allowed me to continue to lose weight.
Others who do not have the inflammation and fluid retention problems I had may not see the rapid weight loss, but, if you really follow the month of menus and the portion sizes in my book (for a person with a low level of activity), I am certain it will help you lose weight. Even if you do not follow the menu, if you can significantly reduce the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in your body, it will help you reduce your appetite and reduce the inflammation or at least the potential for inflammation in your body. Reducing the 6/3 ratio can have significant benefits on both your physical and mental health as well.
The heart of this diet is limiting your intake of one thing—omega-6 fats. I do try and avoid overeating. I pay attention to serving size and limit my intake of high calorie foods (like cheese). I maintain a diet that is high in fruits and veggies and low in refined carbs. I also maintain a fairly high intake of all kinds of seafood to increase my omega-3. Stay away from processed and packaged foods, most of them are loaded with omega-6. Even if they say they have omega-3, they probably have way more omega-6.
This link is an article that looked at how saturated fats affect diabetes in dolphins. They found a C-17 saturated fat (heptadecanoic acid) found in certain fish and dairy products can reverse metabolic syndrome (diabetes) in dolphins.
Essential Fats vs Essential Oils
I have been hearing a lot about essential oils recently. Since this blog is essentially (pun intended) about essential fats, I thought I would take some time to explain the difference in case it is confusing. Essential fats (omega-6 and omega-3) are essential for life—we cannot live without them! Fortunately it is almost impossible to consume a diet that is totally deficient in essential fats . However, it is very easy to consume a diet that is unbalanced in essential fats (too high in omega-6 and too low in omega-3). The ratio of these fats can have very significant effects on our basic health as the many articles on this blog show. There are really only 2 specific fats that are considered essential, and then less than a half dozen related compounds that we can derive from those (LA and ALA are essential, EPA, DHA and AA for example can be derived from them).
Essential oils are not essential for life, they get their name from the fact that they are the essences of the plants that these oils are derived from. Many of these oils have been used for centuries like menthol and peppermint. Most of these oils are fragrant and are often used in aromatherapy. Some of them are used topically to treat specific problems. There are dozens of different essential oils and they can be very different in their structure and effects. Some of these essential oils are toxic in high doses so pay attention to recommended doses and application methods. Both inhalation and topical application to the skin can be effective means of getting these compounds into our bodies. These compounds can stimulate or block various processes and help relieve symptoms of various problems.
I do not have a lot of experience with essential oils, except for one—capsaicin—essence of red pepper! I have used that on topically for years to relieve pain and itching and I have been consuming it in relatively high quantities (compared to most people) for decades. I can assure you this one works to relieve pain and I truly believe it can have significant benefits when consumed — if you can tolerate the temporary pain it causes (reduced blood pressure, prevention of stomach problems and colon cancer are some of the reported benefits). There are dozens of different essential oils. They are all different and not related to each other. I am not recommending or criticizing the use of these essential oils, however if you are going to use them, you should do some research on the specific oils and the potential side effects and benefits.
Here is a recent scientific article that found omega-3 was helpful in increasing removal of amyloid plaque in pre-Alzheimer’s patients, but not as effective in patients with full blown Alzheimers.