Why Low Fat Foods
Make YOU Fat!

Many people have the mistaken belief that low fat foods are the answer to their weight loss problem. However, with the exception of fruit and vegetables, low fat and especially fat free foods will actually stop people from losing weight and in many cases will actually promote fat storage!

It is important to understand why most people think that eating foods that are low in fat is one of the best ways to assist their weight-loss efforts.

It is also important to know how low fat or fat free foods can in fact stop fat burning in the body and may promote fat storage.

Low Fat Foods

The promotion of low fat foods begins...

Low fat and fat free foods started to be heavily promoted in the mid 80's after speculation that all dietary fats cause obesity and cancer (this was since disproven in the late 1990's).

As a result, the food industry started lining supermarket shelves with every possible low fat and fat free food imaginable; cookies, chips, yoghurts, etc. Low fat and fat free foods were becoming increasingly popular as dietary fat become public enemy number one around the world!

Low fat and fat free foods were being touted as the answer to an overweight condition and people were making an effort to remove every ounce of fat from their diet.

Unfortunately though, the obesity epidemic around the world was getting worse! Even though people were reducing their overall fat intake by following a low fat diet, only using low fat recipes and by eating more low fat and fat free foods, they were still putting on body fat.

To make matters worse, some people started getting health problems associated with having a too low fat diet, especially since all fats, including the good fats, were being grouped together.

Why do low fat foods make you fat?

There are several reasons why following a low fat diet and eating more low fat and fat free foods may make you put on body fat.

Food manufacturers increase the sugar content of low fat foods
When fat is removed from a food, the taste of the food is negatively affected because fat increases the palatability and mouth-feel of food.

As a result, food manufacturers add sugar to the food in order to improve its taste and this often results in the overall calorie content of the low fat and/ or fat free food alternative being higher than the high fat version!

Low fat foods have a higher glycemic index
By removing the fat and increasing the sugar content of the food, the glycemic index of the food also increases, which means it has a greater impact on your blood sugar level and insulin level as well.

Of course, insulin is a storage hormone and if you want to lose body fat and weight then it is imperative that you keep your blood sugar as stable as possible throughout the day and keep insulin as low as possible. By doing so, your body will be able to access and utilise stored fat as a fuel source more effectively.

In saying this, it certainly doesn't mean you should go out and eat as much high fat food as possible. On the contrary, fat is actually the easiest of the three macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) to convert into fat. Plus, the average diet of most people is still too high in fat. Therefore, reducing their overall fat intake is definitely a step in the right direction to helping them lose weight effectively.

However, eating low fat or fat free foods produced by the food industry is not necessarily the best way to go. Eating more natural low fat foods, like fruits and vegetables, is certainly beneficial, but it is important to avoid the low fat but highly processed foods made by food manufacturers.

Even today, most people still believe that low fat foods will help them lose weight and achieve their weight loss goal. The fact is that this belief has been continuously drummed into them by the food manufacturers, the media and even governments over many years and it is hard for people to change such hard-wired beliefs.

Low Fat Foods

Nevertheless, as more information comes to light about the virtues of having a more balanced approach to the macronutrients and especially the benefits of having more of the good fats, like fish oil in our diets, more people are likely to change their opinion of fat in their diet and will be able to avoid the deceptive marketing of low fat foods by the food manufacturing industry.

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