We have had this low fat mantra dictated to us for years… and it’s probably one of the worst things we could have done to the population. It originally came from a scientist called Ancel Keys who fudged his statistics when looking at people around the world on different diets and concluded that fats were bad (in broad terms).
Saturated fats can be really good for your health… a lot of hormones are made from fats and every cell in your body has a fatty membrane. Over 60% of your brain is fat, so needs it to create brain tissue. The body is very clever at breaking down parts of your body to create fat as well.
All natural foods are a mixture of fats… and we’re designed to eat these combinations. The body can make most types but not Omega 3 or 6, so we have to put those in on a regular basis. They are known as the essential fatty acids because it’s essential we have them in our diets.
Omega 6 fats are linked to inflammation… if you have too many of them. Omega 3 is anti inflammatory and is good for brain cells. They’re present in fish, and while we don’t need as much as people think, we do need them.
It’s your fat that gives you satiated feeling when you eat… if you’re eating too little fat then you don’t feel good after you’ve eaten. You’re also likely to get really dry skin, whiteheads on your arms, you may feel fatigued, get hormone imbalances, or simply not feel great. Within a week of eating low fat you will notice those changes.
We give clients quite a reasonable amount of fat… and if you think about something like Atkins which has no fat restrictions, it’s not the fat that makes people put on weight, it’s more likely to be the carbohydrates because they trigger insulin. That said, of course you need carbohydrates as well. It’s all about getting the balance right.
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