So what does???
We have been blinded by the media and slimming clubs into thinking that fat is the culprit for being overweight. Low fat foods are high on the list of peoples shopping trips. When you see the words low fat, what it actually means is – the fat is removed and the product is pumped full of sugar and/or Sweeteners, but what they fail to tell you is that what is making you fat is SUGAR and refined carbohydrates!!!!!! So really low fat = get fat!
Let’s look at FATs…
We need fats for energy, they give us more energy than proteins and carbs per gram. Just think, there has been a massive promotion in eating low fat, yet as a nation we are becoming more and more obese than our grandparents who sat ate beef dripping. So, the promotion of eating low fat foods hasn’t seen a decline in weight instead there has been an incline in obesity and diabetes. Instead of defining the difference between fats, for example Trans fats being unhealthy, the complete elimination of fats seem to be the message, and this is so very wrong.
Many people avoid eating avocados, this is a crying shame. Avocados are full of fats essential to the body and are delicious too, but many see them as bad because of their high fat content and they fear they will pile on the pounds. However, avocados are full of essential fatty acids, which are exactly that essential to the functioning of the body. These essential fats are required by the body for healthy skin and hair, brain development and clear thinking, and a clean metabolism.
So when you eat your low fat meal with refined carbs and you are smugly thinking to yourself, I won’t be putting on weight, here is really what will be happening in your body:
When you eat an overconsumption of sugar of refined carbs, your body springs into action and your blood sugar level is elevated. The body can only store a limited amount of carbs and to ensure the blood sugar level is not at a dangerous level the body starts to convert those excess carbs/sugar into fat. It does this by releasing insulin to decline the rise in blood sugar level; however insulin is a storage hormone which will store excess carbs/sugar as fat.
So, by over consuming these foods you are turning on your fat storing hormones. You will also find you get hungrier quicker due to the highs and lows of the blood sugar levels. Frequent hunger is a sign you are not feeding your body the correct nutrients.
So next time you are choosing between a jacket potato and an avocado salad, you know now which one is better for you and will not make you put weight on.
I hope this clears up the issue of “fat doesn’t equal fat”. If you have any questions, do get in touch. I’m more than happy to help, as you know.