A low fat diet alone is not a healthy one, and randomized studies show that low fat doesn’t even correlate to weight loss.
Scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute Dr. Ronald Krauss asked colleagues to take a different kind of low fat challenge: to stop using the term “low fat” unless they’re “telling people not to use the term ‘low-fat.'”
The Problem With Low Fat
While some folks might lose some weight by cutting the fat, this is because what they’re really cutting back are calories. Thanks to processed low fat foods, however, a low fat diet now often means one rich in unhealthy carbohydrates, like processed sugar and white flour, adding up to just as many calories if not more.
Many low fat foods also make up for the loss in flavor by upping the sodium, which is terrible for your heart.
Instead of Banning Fat, Eat Healthy Fat
According to Dr. Krauss, what matters isn’t so much the amount of fat we eat as what sort of fat. You want to avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oils in favor of healthier fat sources. Instead, we should be eating more polyunsaturated fats: the sort found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and avocado.
I can tell you from personal experience that ditching a low fat diet worked for me. I struggled with eating issues and maintaining a healthy weight for years. It was when I stopped worrying about fat and started focusing on eating healthy, fresh, unprocessed foods that my weight stabilized. Not only did I feel and look better, but my relationship with food has never been healthier. I’m so glad to see doctors and nutritionists speaking against our low fat obsession! What do you guys think?
Hat tip to my pal Duane for sharing Martha Rose Shulman’s piece on this!
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