When people are on a diet, they have a tendency to try every trick in the book to shed some weight. Whether that be cutting down on calories, or finding more time to exercise, there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to improve our image. However; just like anything, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it.
Not all fats are bad!
One common misconception is that fats are the root of all evil, and have no place in our diet. This belief often leads to people avoiding foods with medium-high fat content, and depriving their bodies of essential nutrients. Now don’t get me wrong, many food products with a high fat content won’t be beneficial to your health, however these are your processed foods, and confectionary such as crisps, sweets, and chocolate. Unnatural products.
On the other hand, natural foods such as Nuts, Oils and Avocados are dense in healthy fats, and very beneficial to our diet when eaten in moderation.
The truth about low-fat alternatives
So we have already established that not all fats are bad, and that there are actually lots of healthy fats out there. With that being said, it is time to stop swapping out daily essentials with their low-fat counterpart. I’m talking about opting for fat-free Butter, reduced fat Cheeses, and choosing Skimmed milk over full fat or semi-skimmed. These products are all naturally made, and thus contain healthy fats that are essential to our diet.
It is important to remember that Fats, Proteins, and Carbohydrates are the three most important parts of our diet (Our Macronutrients). If you neglect fats, then you’re simply not doing yourself any favours.
The Proof is in the pudding
If you’re not a big fan of fats due to your fear of excess calories and gaining weight, then perhaps you can have some piece of mind knowing that research actually suggests that Sugars and sugar substitutes are the leading cause behind weight gain, and obesity in the UK. Not fats!
In summary, low-fat alternatives are not necessarily healthier, and often lack proper nutritional value compared to their full-fat counterparts. Although this doesn’t mean to say that all full-fat products are diet friendly. Low fat alternatives defiantly contain fewer calories, but as the cost of important vitamins, and nutrients.
If you’re thinking of going full on fat friendly, then be my guest! Just think natural. Milks, Coconut oils, Butter, Cheese and Fish etc. All of which as packed with fatty goodness!