Published on August 26th, 2013 | by Joe Starks0
Eat That! The Low-Fat Diet
Many of us know from our parents that eating fat makes you fat. It was during the sixties that dieticians first announced that statement as a truth of dieting. Of course we now know that there is only a tiny part of truth in that statement. Low fat diets are still all the rage though and are certainly the most popular types of diets. But do they actually work and are they really harmless? Is all fat bad and does the fat you eat turn into the fat you carry? Are all fats the same? How much is actually low, in low-fat? All these questions and more will be answered with simple scientific facts in this article. So, let’s start tackling this fat issue.
What is a low-fat diet?
Low-fat is a generic umbrella term that actually describes a vast list of diets. What pretty much makes these diets similar is that their main aim is to reduce the amount of fat in your diet to a very strict and small amount.
First of all, before we start looking at the more popular low-fat diets, we should keep in mind that some medical problems actually call for a low-fat diet and that this way of eating has saved many lives. In these occasions doctors and licensed dieticians prescribe a diet and the patient goes through with it. People with high cholesterol and/or metabolic syndrome often have to start a low-fat diet.
Usually when we talk about low fat diets we mean the typical skinny-girl diet of removing everything that even reminds of butter or oil from our menus. These diets usually include low-fat, skimmed dairy, lean meats and lots of vegetables. Fat actually attributes lots of the taste that delicious foods have, so low fat foods are usually inferior in taste than their normal fat counterparts.
It is interesting to know that your taste on how much fat you like in your food can be trained to change. Some people can’t stomach greasy food while others can’t stay away from it. Cutting down a little bit at a time can make your preferences change.
Human bodies actually are comprised of quite a bit of fat. Fat insulates us, keeps us smooth and healthy. All cell walls need fats to be functional. Fat is a good thing for us when taken in the right amounts. You can actually be deficient of certain fats, because our body absolutely needs them. This is why you have to plan very carefully when trying out a low fat diet.
The good side
Low fat diets can have tremendous benefits when adopted by the right person. Here is a list of all the good things this diet can do for you under the right circumstances:
- If you eat a very fat laden diet, cutting down on fats can improve your health a lot. You are bound to lose weight and feel less full after meals.
- Too much fatty food causes damage even to lean people, because fat can cause high cholesterol and blood vessel damage. So it doesn’t matter if you are skinny, eating nothing but fries will damage your body. A low fat diet prevents that.
- If low means healthy then you are in for a winner. Low does not mean any fat at all. Low means just as much as you need to stay healthy. We tend to eat far too much fat in our days. Learn how much you should really eat and you might be surprised on how much you overdo it.
The bad news
As always there is a bad side to every drastic lifestyle change. When switching to a low fat diet prepare yourself for it. Here are some of the things that can go wrong:
- A lot of the things that make us beautiful like soft skin and shiny hair can’t be like that if you don’t get enough fats in your diet. Under-consuming fats can damage your looks.
- Cutting down a lot on fats can leave a huge calorie deficit. Unless your doctor told you to do such a drastic diet you should try to cut down steadily on fats, even if you are overweight. Shocking your body will most likely make you feel horrible. Avoid that at all costs.
- Not all fats are the same. Make sure that if you eat very few fats you consume the right kind. Fats are like vitamins as far as that is concerned: you needs to eat enough of the right kind.
The low-fat diet isn’t for everyone and needs a lot of planning to be successful and healthy. Many people’s lives were saved by following this diet, but you have to go at it responsibly. Find out what type of fat you need to eat and how much is enough. Knowing what you need is one step closer to becoming a healthier, leaner person.