Why Low Fat Diet’s Don’t Work – Insider Secrets

Why low fat doesn’t work

Animal and vegetable fats are the essential building blocks for cell membrane, hormones and hormone like substances. They offer the most concentrated source of energy for the body, higher than protein and much higher than carbohydrates. Fats actually keep you full up for longer, slowing down the absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat. In short, this means we need to eat less often to have good sustained physical energy and mental focus. A low fat diet can lead to binge eating in an attempt to reach satiety which means weight gain.

Low fat diets have actually been linked to many health problems such as low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, hormonal imbalances and depression. Did you know the brain is made up of approximately 60% saturated fat and that cholesterol is needed for the production of serotonin, our feel good chemical?

Low fat foods such as margarine, ready meals and products tend to be high in unhealthy fats such as Trans fats, hydrogenated and liquid vegetable oils which prevent the conversion of cholesterol into testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, sex hormones which are essential for the female menstrual cycle and ovulation as well as fertility and libido in both men and women!

The benefits of saturated fat

Saturated animal fats are hugely beneficial for facilitating healing, enhancing the immune system and protecting the liver from toxins. They are vital for the transportation of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, our anti-aging free radical fighting vitamins.

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Contrary to popular belief, saturated animal fats are not cholesterol elevating villains. Elevated cholesterol levels are actually the body’s own warning signal, telling us there is a stress being placed on the body. This may be from inflammatory foods such as gluten and sugar, pathogenic digestive bugs, or from an emotional stress such as bereavement. Cholesterol actually acts as a precursor for a particular type of hormone (pregnenolone), which helps us deal with stress and helps produce our sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen and progesterone). Research also shows that it has antioxidant qualities protecting us from free radicals.

Dietary changes

Top sources of saturated fats includeorganic unpasteurised dairy, organic eggs, organic butter, ghee (lactose free), coconut oil and grass fed organic meat such as beef, lamb, bison, buffalo, venison, duck and chicken (skin on). For resources on where to buy specialist products click here.

 

The amount of dietary fats needed varies from person to person but it is essential to consume fats at every meal. Remember some foods such as eggs and red meat contain high levels of their own naturally occurring fats so adding additional fats will be more minimal, whereas a fresh fruit salad would benefit hugely from a blob of melted coconut oil or a spoonful of raw goat cream. If you have been following a low fat diet for a long period of time always start slowly and titrate up. You may experience nausea from fats such as coconut oil if introduced to quickly. Click here for seasonal recipes.

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