We live in a world where obesity is a growing problem, literally. Media is constantly being flooded by fad diets touted by celebrities, or doctors who have found the latest ‘cure’ to the bulge. Then there is the abundance of ‘low-fat’ or ‘no-fat’ products that are constantly being advertised as the safe, smart and healthy way to eat.
With almost all popular processed products now available in a ‘low-fat’ option, why wouldn’t you opt to eat that way? Because this word ‘healthy’ that has been attached to ‘low-fat’ and ‘no-fat’ food may not actually be the most appropriate choice.
Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid opting for those ‘low-fat’ choices.
Low Fat Often Means More Money
I have always found it amusing how no fat milk is more expensive than full cream. They take all the cream out, sell it separately as butter or cream, add water to your product plus a range of other nasty things you don’t expect from your ‘pure cow’s milk’ and then sell it to you at a 60% increase on the original product price. Ok sure, it takes time to do that, however they are making a profit on all the nutrients they are taking out of it to give you the leftovers.
No Fat – Loads Of Sugar
Often when you are buying no/low-fat products you may notice that the sugar content goes up considerably. The products need to be kept appealing and edible, so many companies compromise fat for sugar.
If you didn’t already know this, then I am sorry to have to tell you, sugar is one of the main weight gaining culprits in America, and the rest of the world for that matter. If you are consuming lots of sugar but not burning off the huge calorie kick, then you are going to store it as fat. Sugar is a simple carb and if you dont use it, you store it. And store it, and store it, and… Well you get the picture.
Low Fat – Less Natural
For those foods that boast low fat AND low sugar, then it is likely that what you have is some type of chemical warfare. Okay, that may be a little extreme, however the types of chemicals they use to imitate the purpose and flavour of fats and sugars is actually quite scary. Many of which, such as aspartame and sucrose, have been linked to all kinds of health issues.
Good Fats vs Bad Fats
This might come as a shock to you, but there are good fats that we need to keep our bodies healthy. We need these good fats to transport certain fat soluble vitamins through our bloodstream (vitamins A, D, E & K), we also need them for the production of certain steroid hormones. Essential fatty acids are also vital in general cell production and maintenance.
These good fats that we need are found in foods such as;
- Nuts and seeds
- Olives and olive oil
- Fish (salmon, trout)
Fresh Whole Foods Are The Healthiest Option
The simple fact is, if you are concerned about your weight then it is a good idea to have a look at what you are eating as well as how often you exercise. If your diet is filled with simple carbs, highly processed foods, foods that are high in sugar and added fats, then you need to make some changes.
A healthy balanced diet consists of fresh whole foods, such as brown rice, whole grain breads and pastas, beans and legumes, lean unprocessed meats, natural yogurt, eggs, vegetables and fruit. It’s also important to consider how you cook your meals. Try to opt for steaming, boiling, poaching or grilling as the healthiest options.
If you can balance this healthy diet with a regular exercise regime, you will find that you can accomplish maintaining your ideal body weight whilst actually being healthy!