A low fat diet plan will help us to keep our weight down, maintain a healthy body weight and keep us happy and content.
The good news is we don’t need to eliminate fats from our diet – just avoid eating bad fats. A recent TV program admirably demonstrated this point but more on that in a minute.
When I first learnt from my doctor that I needed to cut my cholesterol to reduce my blood pressure I thought, “I must keep to low fat products and avoid things like butter, cheese and eggs”.
But boy was I glad when I
discovered this is a myth and in fact, avoiding these foods is actually
detrimental to my well being.
The important thing is to distinguish between good and bad fats - including the right fats in our diet will help us to maintain a healthy body weight.
They do this by
keeping us from feeling hungry. If we are hungry we are more likely to
succumb to the temptation to snack between meals.
Trans Fats contained in commercially produced cakes, biscuits, pies,
pizzas, fried foods and burghers. In fact any foods that use processed
ingredients rather than wholesome natural products.
Foods containing these fats have the effect of raising cholesterol levels and clogging the arteries leading to heart disease and a heightened risk of diabetes.
All natural fats are ok to eat but there are 2 types of natural fats
1.Saturated fats such as
Lamb, pork, beef, chicken skin
Full fat dairy products
Palm and coconut oil
2.Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated
Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts.
Polyunsaturated fats include corn oil, safflower oil, oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, and sardines.
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds.
Tip: The oily fish mentioned above and the flaxseeds contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which are particularly good for the heart and circulation.
The real eye opener is the BBC’s Horizon program which showed 2 doctors who were identical twins with similar lifestyles going on month long diets to see which was best.
Alexander works at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University in New York. His was a high fat diet in which he could eat meat, fish, eggs and cheese but no foods containing sugar.
His brother Chris is a physician at University College Hospital, London. He was given a high sugar diet which contained no fats.
As the days went by Alexander became increasingly lethargic and lacking in energy. Competing with Chris at a day on a trading floor and later in a bike race demonstrated that his sugar-less diet slowed down the efficiency of his mind and his body.
Chris on the other hand had boundless energy but often felt hungry and unsatisfied.
When the month long experiment ended both had lost a little weight. Alexander however had lost muscle weight as his body’s need for sugar had used his muscle to provide it. His blood sugar was also near diabetes levels.
Chris was also heading for trouble if he had continued on his low fat diet plan.
The real danger though is when fats and sugar are combined in processed foods like donuts and ice cream. These types of food prove irresistible to people and they find it hard to stop eating them. This inevitably leads to weight gain and obesity.
So my advice is to enjoy natural foods that contain fats and just avoid processed foods especially those containing both fats and sugars.
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