There are numerous problems with a low-fat diet, but the biggest problem is that it is NOT effective for improving your health or losing weight.
Since Americans reduced their saturated fat intake in the 1970’s, obesity has doubled, diabetes has tripled and heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer.
Even though there are over 15,000 reduced-fat products, not one of them tastes good and they definitely don’t taste better than the original. Loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives and other chemicals to mimic the flavor of fat, these low-fat, non-fat, “lite” products actually increase body fat.
Lastly, the less fat you eat, the more carbs you consume. This creates a metabolic disaster that sets you up for weight gain, diabetes and a cascade of hormone imbalances.
Instead of avoiding fat, learn which ones to choose or lose. As with all foods, quality is crucial when it comes to the health benefits of fats.
Bad fats come from refined vegetable oils. Due to extensive processing, vegetable oils are not only rancid and loaded with trans fats, but they also have nickel oxide, emulsifiers and bleach added. Yes, bleach! Margarine is actually grey in color. In addition, vegetable oils tend to be high in omega-6 fats that promote inflammation. These harmful oils have been linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmunity, inflammation, fatigue, hormone imbalances (poor thyroid function), and accelerated aging.
Avoid hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated and trans fats such as margarine, soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil, shortening, I Can’t Believe It’s Not butter, Smart Balance, buttery spreads, etc. Many of these unnatural fats are found in processed foods and contain GMOs, which is why you must read food labels.
Good fats come from unrefined animal fats and naturally occurring fats from plants. They tend to be higher in saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and omega-3s. Natural fats include: pastured animal fats (eggs, beef fat, pork fat, bacon, butter, ghee, etc.), wild seafood (salmon, sardines, fish oil) avocado, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut butter/oil/milk, unrefined palm oil, organic nuts and seeds.
Good Fat Deficiency Symptoms: fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, mood swings, difficulty concentration, dementia, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, hormone imbalances, constant hunger, increased cravings, digestive issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea, acid reflux), dry hair and skin, brittle nails, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, infertility and reproductive problems