Low-fat diets can create more problems later than they solve in the moment. It sounds logical – eliminate fat to reduce your fat, but this is far from the reality. There’s no point in eliminating your excess weight at the expense of your health, which sadly occurs all too often. Low fat diets often contribute to this.
People feel that a diet that has any fat in at all contributes to weight gain. And that a low or fat free diet is a healthier diet.
If you consume a lot of fried food, this will contribute to weight gain. But there is much more to this topic than meets the eye.
For a start, the type and quality of the fat consumed
This has a huge impact on whether or not you gain weight. For example, canola oil is so unhealthy, it will contribute not only to your weight gain, but to your deteriorating health, too.
Next on the list is how you consume this fat.
For example, olive oil is considered to be a healthy oil, all things considered. But the first pressed, virgin olive oil has far more nutrition than the subsequent pressings resulting in cheaper oils.
Cold pressed oil is far more nutritious too, as heat destroys many of the natural nutrients that are beneficial. The more nutritious an oil is, the less likely it is to cause a problem, such as weight gain or digestive problems.
Highly processed fats, such as hydrogenated fat, create havoc with your health and weight as they are virtually undigestible.
Consuming fats in a raw state or using it in cooking
This also has an enormous contribution to how healthy it is. Most oils, even the healthy ones, are unstable at high temperatures and are considered to have carcinogenic properties.
Omega3 to Omega 6 Ratios
You also need to know the ration of the omega 3 to 6 and 9 ratios, before you can begin to make sense of this complex issue. If your omega-3 is low, you are setting yourself up for a fall. You need to know the best fats to consume, to keep this essential nutrient at optimum levels, without contributing to the excess of the omegas.
Many fats are both unhealthy and contribute to weight gain. But some fats contribute to weight LOSS. It’s all about knowing your fats.
Other aspects to consider
You also need to consider your metabolic rate, your activity, your build and various other personal aspects. Some people need a high fat diet to remain energetic. Others find they are sluggish if they consume more than ten grams of fat a day.
And it isn’t just fats that contribute to weight gain. Fat tissue in your body is stored food, in case you face a period of starvation. It can be made from ANY food eaten in excess, but the most common contenders are the unhealthy foods and sugars.
For example, sugar contains no fat. But sugar is not only one of the most unhealthy foods there are, it encourages the production of fat tissue. Most of the ‘low fat’ foods found in supermarkets are cakes and biscuits. Do you think you can lose weight by eating these foods?
By basing your weight loss on a low fat diet, you are unlikely to achieve the results you want. Especially if you are taken in by all the pretty packets of ‘low fat’ foods in your local supermarket. All these foods are unhealthy. Non of them contribute to weight loss. Or to health.
A low fat diet can also make you constantly hungry, so you tend to be tempted by unhealthy snacks, compounding the problem.
It’s vital to your health to consume the right fats, in the right quantity. Once you achieve this, the pounds will drop off and you are likely to be healthier than you have ever been. And it won’t be difficult to maintain as your body will be well nourished.
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