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Composed: Dec 14, 2022

Author: Autumn

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My #1 tip for anyone new to the idea of implementing a dietary strategy for the management of lipedema

Leave everything you thought you knew about nutrition behind. It was pretty much all wrong.

That might feel overwhelming. But try to look at it like this: if what you were doing before wasn't working, doesn't it stand to reason that it might have been wrong?

You probably have heard all (or most) of these myths:

  • Dietary fat contributes to heart disease
  • Eating fat makes you fat
  • Cholesterol clogs arteries
  • Salt increases blood pressure
  • Drinking lots of water helps with weight loss
  • Eat less, move more to lose weight
  • Exercise is a weight loss strategy

None of these things are true. Dietary fat does not contribute to heart disease. Eating fat does not make you fat. Fat is an essential nutrient, hence the reason their component parts are called essential fatty acids. In the context of nutrition, something is called essential because we cannot live without it and we cannot create it on our own. We must ingest essential nutrients. There are plenty of cases of people eating a diet that consists of up to 80% dietary fat and losing body fat, including me.

Cholesterol does not clog arteries. Watch my series on TikTok for a more in-depth explanation:

Another oft-debated topic for which there is a lack of evidence is whether or not salt increases blood pressure. There is actually research that demonstrates that increased salt intake decreases overall mortality. And that might surprise you it surprised me since doctors often tell patients to lower their salt intake if they have high blood pressure. It surprised me. Watch my series on TikTok for a more thorough analysis:

There has never been any data that suggests that increasing water intake helps to accelerate fat loss. That is simply a diet myth.

Eat less, move more has been demonstrated to not be a viable fat loss strategy time and time again and there has never been any data produced that demonstrated efficacy. I discuss this in brief on my TikTok account. And this is also why exercise is not a valid fat-loss strategy.

@autumnallyear.us Eat less, move more doesn't work long term. It just damaged your metabolism. #cico #calories #starvation #metabolism #metabolicdamage #eatenoughcalories #maybeeatmore ♬ Lo-fi hip hop - NAO-K

It doesn't even make sense. The first law of thermodynamics only applies to closed systems, which the human body is not. Check out this Masterclass from Christ Masterjohn, Ph.D. for a more thorough explanation.

@autumnallyear.us Eat less, move more doesn’t work long term. It just damaged your metabolism. #cico #calories #starvation #metabolism #metabolicdamage #eatenoughcalories #maybeeatmore ♬ Lo-fi hip hop - NAO-K

So, now that we have a better understanding of the fact that the things we once learned, and perhaps believed, were actually not true, we can begin to understand why they were never going to work. Things that are not true don't work. Once we know WHY they don't work, we can begin to look at what WILL work.