Art De Vany's New Evolution Diet definitely promotes a moderate fat diet. For example, he recommends throwing out some of the yolks from eggs:
Eggs are healthy, but you should skip the yolks now and then. The yolk is mostly fat...
He also makes the following statement:
because the truth is that no fat is particularly good for you
I'd like to understand why he says this - he never explains how he arrived at this conclusion. If he does explain it, could you point me to the section in the book where this occurs?
He is tossing out the wrong part, the part with all the vitamins and healthy fat and cholesterol.
A big part of the Paleo community still believe in eating egg whites and choosing lean meat and I think that it's a sad affair. What are you left with when well known people on the community tell you to watch the carbs as well as the fat? Eat a low calorie diet? A high-protein diet?
Most people on Paleo Hacks understand the importance of fat as a macronutrient providing energy, but more newcomers are lead to think that fat is still somewhat of a problem.
Robb Wolf tells people to eat lean meat because he thinks people aren't going to choose grass-fed and that it's better to eat lean meat than fatty grain-fed meat mainly because of the o-3/o-6 ratio. I think he's wrong in thinking that most people are not willing to do the extra little step of choosing grass-fed most of the time. After all, if those people chose to eliminate gluten grains completely, I see that as a way more difficult change to make for most people.
I also tend to believe that fatty grain-fed meat isn't all that terrible, especially if you compensate your lack of o-3 with fatty fish or a small amount of good quality fish oil.
How can he say that no fat is particularly good for you. That's just ridiculous. Without fat intake, you would die. The body requires fat to survive. In addition, without fat concurrent fat intake, fat soluable vitamins will not be digested. The body is designed such that regular fat consumption is required to maintain healthy function.
And don't get me started about maligning egg yokes. That's the healthiest part.
And apparently he hasn't read all the literature and research showing saturated fat intake is not connected with any ill health and does not contribute to blood cholesterol problems either. So what is wrong with saturated fat intake again? Devany is not making sense.
I don't think he really eats that way. If you look at the menus he posts and put them in nutrition data software they are pretty high in fat. He's eating a good diet accidentally.
Someone posted it at the bottom of this thread:
I believe the reason he feels this way is because in this day and age we are still really lazy. We sit all day. He still believes that your source for energy is coming from the same source as the rest of the Paleo followers out there, but he is just suggesting that you watch your fat intake a little bit.
I mean he looks pretty good for his age. With that being said, I eat all my egg yolks. Also with the whole lean meat thing. I think this is based on conventional meat. It is high in fat. And not the good grass-fed fats.
My 2 cents
I feel that it is all apart of the misconception that "fat = bad news" our culture and society have adopted as an essential dietary guideline. Almost like a phobia if you will. People are going to buy De Vany's theories and ideas because its easier to have someone else reaffirm the belief that for example, eating the egg yolk is bad.
People are hesitant to accept that a yolk or any other form of fat for that matter can AND is nutritionally beneficial because of the basic social science phenomenon that people are afraid of change, and anything that threatens their learned behavior and attitudes towards something causes dissonance. Then again, no one truly enjoys feeling confused so by ways of coping, De Vaney does a great job in educating young and old minds alike on nutrition. However, he fails because he clearly hasn't enjoyed a hamburger with a fried egg on top.
I have a sense many people here on Paleohacks or in the Paleosphere in general REALLY up their fat intake. While that may work for some, in general, most of us following such a lifestyle are still eating a high fat diet, since we're defining a high fat diet in calories, not grams.
If one eats 100 grams of carbohydrate, 100 grams of protein, and 100 grams of fat, it's still a high fat diet. 400/400/900 by calorie breakdown. It's still above 50% calories from fat. Plenty of health benefits.
Perhaps Art de Vany identifies the fear surrounding the fat-phobic nature of the current healthcare system, and like Robb Wolf, who advocates "lean meats...etc etc," is simply providing an easier buy in for folks. Egg whites and lean meats is still a shot above donuts and little Debbie snack cakes.