Over the years fat has been the bad food we have all been told to avoid. Leave fat out of our diet if we do not wish to put on weight. Low fat diets have been popular and the more modern trend for ’low-fat’ food or ‘fat-free’ foods have been popular products on the supermarket shelves. Did you ever look at the labels on these popular foods? Yes they are low in fat but did you ever notice that they were loaded with sugar. Many low-fat foods sold today are simply not the answer. A Diet Solution Program will guide you through the confusion that has arisen over low-fat diets and the role of fat in a healthy diet.
We Need Fat
Without a doubt a high consumption of fat particularly the wrong type of fat will make us put on weight and lead to obesity. But in considering a low-fat diet we need to be aware of the role of fat in the human body. Some body fat is necessary. Fat stored beneath the skin will help insulate us from the cold. A healthy body needs some fat to form cushions between body organs. There is even work being done on the role of fat in the treatment of diabetes and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. (This is related to studies on the Mediterranean-type diet.) It is also recognised that the worse thing someone with heart disease can do is to go on a low-fat diet.
In looking at a low-fat diet it is also good to remember that if we start to eat too much carbohydrate and protein the liver will convert some of this into fat. A low-fat diet that is high in carbohydrates and proteins can make us fat! In any diet balance is everything. We must balance the amount of energy containing foods with the amount of energy we expend in the normal activities of our own personal lives. A Diet Solution Program simplifies this balance since there is no need to count calories.
Good and Bad Fat
Fats are used as a source of energy. They contain vital essential fatty acids. We must also remember that some vitamins are fat soluble, in other words some vitamins are only available to us in the fat we eat. Some fat is an essential part of a healthy diet. Recent research shows that the amount of fat in our diet is not what’s important, but it’s the type of fat that matters. We do not need to be afraid of saturated fat. Learn what are the good fats and make them part of your daily diet – think healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, salmon, walnuts and whole organic eggs. Leave the bad fats like hydrogenated oils used in French fries and donuts and most other processed and fast foods.
The Mediterranean Diet
The ‘Mediterranean diet’ has been the object of much study in at least 7 countries. It is a diet that has one of the highest fat levels compared with say the United States and Europe. Yet those on this diet came out with the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease. Current studies suggest fat is not necessarily the issue in this diet but that the high intake of plant foods of fruit and vegetables provide a host of protective agents like antioxidants that they absorb from their diet. A diet rich in the right fats accompanied by a wide range of fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet.
Fat has come in for a lot of bad press over the last few decades, but slowly nutritionists are coming to realise that it is not fat that is the issue, it is the type of fat that matters. We must learn to avoid the bad fats and unfortunately they are often very hard to avoid if we live on processed and fast foods.
Frank Rogers writes on diet, weight loss and lifestyle. To learn more of the role of fats in our diets in the Diet Solution Program visit www.burnfathowto.com here you will find two successful fat burning programs.