Tuesday, 3 February 2015

RUN ON FAT - The Movie

So after investing in the production of the new Cereal Killers film RUN ON FAT it was with great anticipation that we watched the film for the first time last night (a few hours ahead of the world premier in San Francisco).

We were not disappointed. The film closely followed Sami Inkinen and Meridith Loring during their preparations for and performing the Fat Chance Row, a 2400 mile row from San Francisco to Hawaii, powered primarily by burning fat. Sami is a world Ironman champion and adopted the LCHF diet when he realised he was becoming a diabetic.

Interspersed with this account was expert commentary from Shephen Phinney and Tim Noakes, both world experts on sports nutrition. Further comment was provided by several elite athletes who have switched to fat burning primarily for health reasons.

One big message from the film was that elite performance has only been measured in terms of race performance, never in terms of health outcomes. Being fit does not prevent you from getting diabetes, in fact the risk is raised by high consumption of carbohydrates.

While the documentary concentrated primarily on elite performance there were enough references to public health to remind us that the big issue at stake here is not whether we can break a PB running on fat but whether we can reverse the catastrophic failure in dietary advice that has led to millions of people suffering unnecessarily with obesity, diabetes cancer and other diseases.

After a year on LCHF I can vouch for the significant improvement in my health (see my earlier post on ulcers), I am enjoying excellent food, training as hard as I ever did and enjoying the challenge of what lies ahead.

Along with the first Cereal Killers movie this is an inspiring pair of films and I would urge anyone with an interest in public health and running to watch them.

And if you want to come to the UK Premier of the film then we are hosting it, in Hassocks on Wednesday 4th February.


  1. Hi Malcolm, I'm interested in your thoughts about the best pre-race meal. Despite living a LCHF life I still have a big bowl of porridge with banana, nuts and honey about 3 hours before a race. I'm struggling to break that last addiction! What works for you and for others? Do you feel that a cheese omelette would be a better option?

  2. Hi Simon
    I have heard several interesting accounts of train-low race-high, and Jonas Colting appears to be a great advocate of it. Personally I have been sticking to low carbs, especially when racing. This is not to suggest that one is better than the other necessarily, but because I am trying to prove that the one thing (carbs) is just not required at all. So I have been breakfasting on eggs, bacon and coffee (and a cheese omelette would be a fine alternative) before all races, whether a 5k or a marathon. Perhaps next year I may give TLRH a go, after all, I'll be 50 then, with a whole world of new challenges!