Low fat diets!!!
We hear about them all the time,
Most diet groups will focus their diets and eating strategies on low fat meals while carbs and protein become a focus point.
Now there isn’t anything wrong with this, and it can be effective for a lot of people.
Maybe some of your read my post yesterday and you will have seen that 1 gram of fat is worth 9 kcal, so The whole idea behind low fat diets are that we are eliminating the higher calorie factor of our diets thus we are ten in a calorie deficit.
Or are we?
Now fat is good for killing off cravings and making us feel full.
As i have said we generally substitute fat for more carbs and protein. But this can go the other way and we end up eating more carbohydrates and protein and we end up still eating the same amount of calories.
I spoke about in a recent post that all fat loss diets no matter what they are lead back to one simple rule calories in vs calories out.
Myths about fats that are not true
1. Eating foods that contain fat will make you fat – Erm No – Good fats are amazing for over all health and help with satiety (feeling full) , only a calorie surplus will lead to weight gain.
2. Low fat versions of foods are better – Most low fat options contain more chemicals, preservatives and ingredients then its counter part. So these products may be lower in fat but are less natural and missing key nutrients. So dont stress eat that normal greek yoghurt.
3.You will lose fat faster if you eat low fat foods – Depends – it is all about balance usually with low fat foods you end up supplementing with higher carb foods so swings and round about’s
4. Eggs are bad for you as they are high in cholesterol – again Erm No – Eggs are high in cholesterol but they are high in the good cholesterol HDL so yes eat eggs.
5. Eating saturated fat is going to give you heart disease – , fat is not the only contributor to it, low activity levels and over poor health and diet is a key factor
We need fat in our diets for many things form:
.Protecting our organs
.Feeling full and craving reduction
.Hair, Skin and nail health.
.Energy and maintaining temperature
. Helps the body absorb Vitamins A,D,E,K
. healthy hormone production and regulation
So dont stress!!
We need a balance of all three macro nutrients and its okay too keep your fat strict, but also manage your other foods, making sure you are still within a deficit of calories and getting everything you need for a macro and micronutrient point (macro = Protein, Carbs, fat….Micro nutrients = vitamins and minerals etc)
Keep your fat intake strict but only for a short period and not a staple of your diet for long time.
Also remember that fat plays an important role in our bodies for Nutrients transportation to protection of our bodies.