This may seem totally backwards to you but let me explain! For the longest time, Westerners have been afraid of eating fat. Low-fat products dominated the store shelves and something unexpected happened… people didn’t lost weight, they gained it! Here is a reason for that… When you eat low fat, you automatically eat more of one of the other macronutrients: protein or carbohydrates. Less fat also means, less satiety and more frequent hunger. Most people end up turning to carbs like pasta, bread, crackers and potatoes to fill the void in their diets. We all know how it feels to eat a big bowl of pasta… very sleepy! Something to remember is that all carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars in the intestines. The sugar is then absorbed into the blood, raising the blood sugar levels. This increases the production of the hormone insulin, our fat storing hormone. So if you want to lose weight, instead of cutting fat, remove heavy starches and sugars instead! A low intake of sugar and starches (carbs) results in a lower, more stable blood sugar levels, lower amounts of insulin and therefore fat storage. This dietary shift increases the release of fat from your fat stores and increases ability to burn fat for fuel. This usually leads to fat loss, especially around the belly in abdominally obese individuals. But on a low carb diet, when you are in fat burning mode, you can eat a higher proportion of fat and still lose weight! It’s amazing! Scientific studies not only is the weight improved on a low carb, high fat diet – the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol profile are also improved. And less cravings for sugar and sweet food are an added bonus! I encourage you to give a low carb, high fat diet a try and see how it works for you. But you don’t want to just more of any fat! Purposely choose, high quality, fresh fats such as grass-fed animal fats, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, raw nuts and seeds.
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