Is Your Low-Fat Diet Making You Fat?

It comes as no surprise that we are currently in the middle of an obesity epidemic in America. As of 2014, there are an estimated 78.6 million people who are classified to be obese. Because of this, countless tips and tricks for losing weight are constantly being advertised in the media. When you take into account how many diet plans are on the market now, losing weight can seem like a daunting task. Not to mention, with the high number of diet plans available, it is difficult to know which of these plans actually work, and which ones just work against you. This can leave a lot of people not knowing where to begin, or which plan to follow.

In fact, in the late 1970’s the idea that Americans were consuming too much fat was birthed and so began a transition replacing high fat foods with carbs and low-fat alternative foods.  By the early ‘90’s the low-fat industry was booming.  Products like low-fat cookies, no-fat yogurt, low-fat ice cream were lining grocery shelves and marketed as healthy.  Fat was being replaced with carbs and sugar.  It was around this time America started getting fatter and individuals diagnosed with diabetes increased.  In 1980 there were 5.5 million diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  By 1999 that number had almost doubled with 10.9 million diagnosed and in 2014 it was as high as 22.3 million.  These are numbers we can no longer ignore.  (1)

The risks and reasons for people to try dieting

Observing a proper and healthy diet has always been advocated by health and fitness experts through the years, and in recent decades, have been aggressive with the use of mass media. Despite the good these individuals intend to cause, the reality is that a lot of these diet plans aren’t effective, and in fact, could steer you further away from your goals. Dieting, when done the wrong way can be dangerous as the body slows down its functions and misses out on nutrients they could obtain from eating certain types of food.

Some of the risks associated with dieting include thinning of hair, dehydration, decreased utilization of oxygen, loss of coordination and overall declining of cognitive ability, slowed heart rates, weakness, and fainting, among others. Some of these are caused by the consumption of low-fat, low-energy, low-calorie foods which can be of low nutritional levels.

One Harvard study found that consumption of a low-fat diet may increase risk for infertility in women. (2)

Why is Fat important to your diet?

Fat has become public enemy number one, when the conversation of weight loss comes up. The idea that “fat makes you fat” still remains popular, and couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that not all fat is bad for the body, but instead, is essential for it to function effectively. Having a diet rich in healthy fats can enhance blood cholesterol levels and balance blood sugar. (3)

Fats make vitamin absorption more efficient and are also crucial in maintaining ideal cholesterol levels in the blood. Most importantly, fats serve as a source of long-term energy, which becomes especially important when it comes to weight loss.

Additionally, in a study comparing 3 different diets, it was found that those consuming a high fat diet burned the most calories, when compared to lower-fat diets (4).

Alternatives to Conventional Dieting

One of the major red flags of any diet plan is the absence of any source of good fats. A ketogenic diet is recommended, given that it uses healthy fats as an energy source, instead of sugar. There are several variations of this diet, with the perfect diet for you depending on certain factors such as your initial weight, the level of activity, pre-existing health conditions, and other factors.

Does your diet make you fat?

Having said all this, it can be concluded that not all fat is evil, and as a matter of fact, if you wish to slim down, you would have to take healthy doses of it. If your diet is free of fat, chances are, it could cause damage to your metabolism, and take you further away from your health goals.

Healthy Fats

Not all fats are healthy and it’s important to be smart about fats.  A few great sources of healthy fats to get started with are Coconut Oil, Avocado, Olive Oil, Grass-fed Butter, Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods.

Need Help?

If years of increased carbohydrates and sugars have led to weight gain and hard sugar burning we are here to assist you and bust through plateaus.  We can help you transition from sugar burning to fat burning and experience the weight loss results you are looking for.  Contact us at 844-789-8446.

References
  1. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17329264
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550
  4. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1199154