It is common practice for those people who want to lose some weight to skip on fats and concentrate only on a lean (fat free) diet. However, these measures can prove to be counter productive and you can end up gaining some weigh instead of losing it. On the other hand, you need to consume a diet that is rich in assortment of nutrients and should not drastically cut on proteins, carbohydrates and most importantly fats.
Fats in Modern Diet
According to a recent survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, people nowadays eat fewer amounts of fats than they used to do some decades ago. For instance, only 33 percent of calories required by our bodies come from the fat sources as compared to 35% in 1960s. it is also quite surprising to note that only 13% adults were obese in countries like USA were obese in days of higher fat consumption. On the contrary, that figure has almost tripled and diabetes has also increased by 10% over the years. Therefore, it can be rightly said that getting rid of fats from your diet partially or completely does not make a great meal plan at all but it is actually quite detrimental for your health. Similarly, many fatty foods such as olive oil, fish, eggs and nuts are also included in the Paleo diet that is considered as one of the best ways to lose weight in among some modern experts.
How Fats Help in Losing Weight
It has been proved by innumerable scientific studies that health fats actually help humans in dropping some extra pounds around their abdomens. To put it simply, fats are extremely satisfying and stay in your stomachs for longer periods of time and ensure lasting satiety. Skipping fats means you are more likely to feel hunger soon after hunger because you are never fully satisfied. This will lead you to eat many more calories in order to compensate for the shortage of fats and to satisfy your hungry gut.
In this regard, not even the great fitness products available in the market can help you in accomplishing your task if you are taking a diet that is lacking in one of the most important nutrient of a balance diet that is fats. As a matter of fact, most of these products contain added sugar and are highly processed in order to make for the lost flavor making it even more difficult to lose weight. If a food is low in weight, it does not simply means that is low in calories as well. On the flip side, these rubbish low fat junk foods might trick you to eat extra amount of calories.
There is no denying of the fact that some fats are really dangerous for human health. For instance, Trans fats are highly liable to oxidation and are pro inflammatory, they can lead to disorders like arteriosclerosis and diabetes. However, monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil and animal fats) are healthy fats that can be included in all weight loss and workout programs.
Saturated fats should also be included in a balanced diet. Contrary to popular belief, they do not cause heart disease, cancer and do not make you fat. To the contrary, these fats are the key to achieving your optimal weight and avoiding modern diseases caused by high blood sugar such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and degenerative diseases; such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and many of common cancers.
A fat burning diet needs to contain fats. Don’t get caught up in the marketing hype of “no fat” or “the heart tic”. They are for making money not health. Consuming healthy oils in proper proportions is the key to loosing fat and keeping it off. Try the following quick fixes:
- Cook with coconut oil
- Use real butter
- Use whole/full cream milk
- Remove grains and breads from your diet
- Remove refined sugars (replace with stevia extract)
- Change your white flour to coconut flour or almond meal
- Olive oil is great but not for cooking (heat breaks down the valuable stuff)
Lastly, remember that most of the fat free information you see is marketing. Don’t get swept away in it. Keep your meals sensible and remember this great rule of thumb: “if it has a label, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.”
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