The Fat Resistance Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on October 24, 2019

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Dr. Leo Galland developed The Fat Resistance Diet, about which he also published a book under that title. According to Dr. Galland, the diet’s goal is to allow people to achieve the body they want. He claims that it isn’t the fault of overweight people that they are not within their healthy body mass index (BMI), but that they suffer from an imbalance that he calls Leptin resistance.

He states that this is a form of chemical resistance that interrupts the natural ability of the body to be able to regulate the metabolism as well as the appetite. He also claims that this imbalance can be repaired by eliminating unhealthy foods from the diet and consuming the proper ones – which is the heart of The Fat Resistance Diet. 

Diet Basics 

The Fat Resistance Diet has three stages. In the first stages, high carbohydrate foods are avoided and as the diet progresses through the stages, the amount of carbohydrates is increased.

  • First stage – This stage focuses on lower inflammation and restoring blood glucose balance. This is accomplished by eating many super foods, including 9-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily along with high protein intake.
  • Second stage – In this stage, while continuing with the inflammation-reducing foods, you will begin to re-introduced legumes as well as some whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal into your diet.
  • Third stage – Calorie content is increased slightly and foods include healthy grain-based meals, such as raisin and carrot muffins, pasta, blueberry flax pancakes, and so on. That being said, inflammation-reducing foods are still stressed int this stage.

On this diet, foods that should be avoided include refined grains, refined sugar, processed foods, caffeinated coffee and alcohol.

The Diet is Available Only Through a Book

The Fat Resistance Diet once had an official website that offered information about the diet and about Dr. Leo Galland. However, the diet as a whole has only been available through the book, which can still be purchased from a number of online retailers, including Amazon, Hudson Booksellers, IndiBound, and Powell’s among others. The book is available in paperback, hardcover and eBook formats and could be purchased new for just over $14.00 when this Fat Resistance Diet review was created.

When the website did exist, Dr. Galland used it not only to sell the book, but to explain the idea of the diet. In this vein, he explains that many individuals suffer from a type of body inflammation that leads to the Leptin resistance that he claims is responsible for weight gain in the majority of people.

This supposedly results in a metabolism that runs more slowly, and cravings for food; two issues that can lead to rapid weight gain. He states that The Fat Resistance Diet is the direct result on his research on Leptin resistance. He also says that it is a direct result on Dr. Jeffrey Friedman’s work at Rockefeller University in New York, when Friedman discovered that Leptin was not produced in the fat cells of genetically obese mice and that the mice’s appetites were curbed by Leptin when it was restored to the body so that their weight could decrease. 

The Fat Resistance Diet Pros

Some of the advantages of The Fat Resistance Diet include:

  • Everything you need is in the book – Everything about this diet and how to follow it is clearly explained in the book, which can be purchased from a number of online retailers as mentioned above.
  • Leo Galland is an expert in his field – This fact is not only a self-declaration among doctors trying to sell diets, but one that is acknowledged among his peers. 

The Fat Resistance Diet Cons

Not everything about this diet is wonderful. Some of the less than beneficial aspects include:

  • No human studies – The medical studies on which this diet is based were performed on animals and not humans.
  • There is no proof that this diet is more effective than others – Evidence has yet to show that this diet is any more successful than other diets.
  • Significant lifestyle changes – The details about what is actually involved in participating in this diet are rather vague, but it does seem to require significant lifestyle changes in regard to food consumption.

Prior to adopting the Fat Resistance Diet into your lifestyle, it would be a good idea to run your plans by your doctor.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo Kraft March 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I get that this makes sense and everything, but I find it hard enough counting calories when they’re right there on the package. Calculating GI details is too much work until it’s a part of nutrition labels.


Beth April 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

There are a lot of websites and books that give tables that can teach you where food falls on the glycemic index. I find that those, and especially apps that provide that info, are enough to make this a practical diet.


Tiffany May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Actually, the website for the Fat resistance diet, itself, is very good and informative. I found it way better than the book in terms of explaining things. It’s not tops as far as tools go, but it’s very helpful and it’s more handy than trying to flip through the pages of the paper book and trying to keep up with all of the glycemic index levels of different foods. I wouldn’t say that this is the perfect diet at all, but if you read the book and then use the website to help you to keep up with it, it’s actually not bad. It’s challenging, but it really does help you to get the extra weight off and it’s pretty fast. You drop a lot of weight in the first few weeks if you follow it religiously, but then it does slow down a bit. It doesn’t plateau, at least.


Maggie March 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

This takes a whole lot of dedication and changes in your habits. Too much for me.


Paul June 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I’ve never read a diet book that was more clear about what it involved and why. It’s really the perfect design in terms or actually providing the information.


Jasper December 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I agree. It is very well laid out and has been written in a way that makes it possible for anyone to understand the premise and how to actually apply it to real life. It is a very practical guide in terms of teaching and comprehension.


Lowell September 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

What I like about the Fat Resistance Diet is its three stage approach. That breaks it down into a format that is very easy to follow because it makes sense. The first Stage almost put me off because it was pretty drastic. It was designed to retrain your sense of taste and to flush out the system. This helps to get the hard part out of the way early so that it’s easier to stay motivated la on. Stage two is much easier than the first and leads to moderate weight loss that can be maintained (since there’s a lot more variety like grains in it), Stage three is geared toward the long term, to keep off what you lose.


Lanetia September 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

If fat was resisted, it wasn’t by me because of this diet!


Doug October 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

What part of this fat resistance diet didn’t work for you? I find that it is a very effective plan as long as you follow it to the letter from the start and then learn to work it into the rest of your daily life. Which part of it failed for you?


Kevin February 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I think that this was a very straight forward diet that makes a lot of sense. I’m only a week in, but I’m happy so far.


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