Emmy reached out to me and thanked me for publishing The Croissant Diet. She said she had tried them all and that this was the first diet that allowed her to lose the weight. I asked if she cared to share her story and she obliged. She remained mostly carnivore during her weight loss but added cocoa butter and actual butter. This is her story, verbatim, as she emailed it to me.
March 2020 I read about the croissant diet. It intrigued me because it originated from a mouse study and the “inventor” of the diet sounded like an out of the box nerdy guy and I have a soft spot for that way of thinking.
My forte is not math and physics so I struggled to understand the minute mechanics of the diet but even I could grasp the saturated/unsaturated part of it. And the stearic acid part. It’s really not a complicated story if you look at the broad strokes: Eat mostly saturated fats that are high in stearic acid and avoid PUFA’S like the plague.
So I did. And I lost 7 kilo’s.
That may not sound like a great victory until you know that I’ve been trying to lose weight for the last 5 years without any result. I’ve never been really overweight in my life. I carried 5 kilo’s (10 pounds) too much on the legs, but that was it. Then came menopause. It hit me hard for some reason. Within two years I started to gain weight and suddenly a relatively healthy woman transformed into a (more or less skinny) fat person with huge metabolic problems, joint pain, skin issues and whatnot.Bummer.
I tried *everything*, even carnivore, but I kept on gaining. I was desperate to lose weight because I am convinced that the excess fat was fueling my auto immune issues. So I tried high protein low fat. High fat low protein. Low calorie. Ultra low calorie. And I gained weight. I gained weight on a 750 calorie diet for crying out loud!
So imagine my surprise when I tried yet again another approach, this croissant diet, and the scale began to move in the other direction.
In the beginning it was quite modest but there it was. I ate chicken breast with cocao butter and butter and I ate ground beef. More or less the same thing I’ve been doing all along except now I focused on saturated fats and I started to lose weight. Hallelujah!
After 3 months the weight loss accelerated from grams to kilo’s in a rapid pace. I weighed myself one day after two weeks and was convinced the scales were broken. Because after losing grams a week for 3 months, I suddenly lost 1,5 kilo. Stepped on the scale again and it really was 1,5 kilo! Next week another kilo.
Like all overweight women I had clothes in 3 dress sizes hoping to fit in one of them ever again at some point. Now almost all of them are too big. Even the clothes I bought at the beginning of this summer, 7 weeks ago!
I was getting convinced that losing weight was not for me because I have hypoglycemia and arthritis and physical activity is hard for me. In the last few years I lost a lot of muscle and everybody knows you need muscle to lose weight. And exercise. Which I can’t do because of the joint pain.
But despite of all that I now weigh less than when I was a teen-ager and I feel fantastic. And all that happened in 3,5 months. After 5 years of useless effort.
So I tried and errored on this diet but I finally settled on this: beef or some kind of other lean meat like chicken. As a side I have 80 grams of butter and 20/25 grams of cacao butter. I melt the cacao butter and whip it into the butter. It’s quite silky and very nice. Because of gut issues i eat a carnivore diet but if I didn’t, I would take the same fats and incorporate them into my veggies.
The stearic acid in The Croissant Diet is the missing link in the successful low carb approach to insulin. The fact that I started to lose crazy amounts of weight in the end I attribute to less and less PUFA in my fat reserves. Maybe.
The last thing I would like to mention is the wine. Don’t skip and don’t skimp. It’s a vital and pleasant component of The Croissant Diet.