The words “low fat” can be deceiving. Sure, it can be a healthy choice to start consuming lower fat items, and there are numerous benefits that your body will notice after following a lower fat eating plan for a few weeks… but don’t be deceived by the media’s promises that “low fat equals no fat”! The mass media pumps up the level of chemicals and other garbage in processed foods, where they are used as fillers to increase the product weight, or to achieve certain effects like colour or texture.
But let’s talk about the good news! The good news about eating low fat is that it’s fun to learn, simple to do, and likely to improve your health. Here are some of the positive results you can expect from lowering your fat intake:
Imroved insulin sensitivity, which can decrease the risk of developing diabetes, or improved blood sugar control in those who have diabetes
- Decreased risk of cancer and a better chance of survival if you have been diagnosed
- Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke and improved management-even possible reversal-of
- atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), for those who have it
- A decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Improved weight loss or easier weight maintenance, because fat packs a lot more calories than carbohydrate, gram for gram
You need to be burning more calories than you are consuming to create the right state for your body to lose weight. Always remember the formula:
1 gram of fat = 9 calories
1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
Low-fat diets typically get 10 to 15 percent of calories from fat. This means that most foods chosen need to contain either no fat or very small amounts. This is not ALWAYS the healthier option though! Watch out in the ingredients list and make sure that there are not things like aspartame (an artificial sweetener that can cause some serious health problems). “Low fat” rarely means “no fat”, and so you still need to keep an eye on the calorie counter and list of ingredients.
The easy fix is to simply consume whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible. Without the added unnecessary ingredients, the health value is much greater and you will be consuming less of the garbage that is in a lot of the mainstream store-bought food in the 21st century.