Find losing fat a real struggle? Try eating more fatty foods. Really! It not only doubles your odds of losing weight – it keeps the fat off permanently.
If you are like most people, your day starts off with a breakfast that consists of nonfat cereal, loaded with nonfat milk, banana slices, orange juice and a coffee filled with milk and sugar. Do you lose weight? Absolutely not! In fact, you gain weight.
Glad you asked.
Because you are not only eating a carbohydrate rich diet (which is a whole other article), but you have neglected the very important nutrient “Fat.” Fat has received such a bad rap – one that is partly responsible for not only creating massive weight gain for people (78% of North Americans are overweight), but in preventing optimal health as well.
The ‘Low-fat food will create weight loss, keep you lean and promote optimal health’ misinformation began back in the 1980s and this myth is still pervasive today! Food manufacturers know that most people have a visceral reaction to the word ‘fat’ and so you will see on food labels the words: Fat-Free, Low-Fat, Lite or Light, Lean, Reduced fat & more. Most people, including some ‘health professionals’ think by eating foods low in fat – weight will drop and all will be well.
The truth is, our bodies need fat. Research shows that we indeed need fat to lose weight, for disease prevention and to feel satiated. A feeling of fullness, from the right foods, is one important key to weight loss.
Healthy fat will help you burn fat by helping your body respond more efficiently to a hormone called Leptin (Leptin is the Greek word for thin) and it is Leptin that signals your body (your brain) to suppress your appetite so that you will eat less and maintain or lose weight.
Why do low-fat diets make us miserable and fat?
- Low-fat diets make us hungry. Fats very effectively send a signal to the brain that says you are full. If you do not have enough adequate fat in your diet you will never feel full and thus, you will overeat. Adding fat to your diet puts the brakes on hunger.
- Low fat means higher carbohydrate intake = weight gain. Ingesting carbohydrates triggers the release of insulin – your fat storage hormone. Including healthy fats with every meal means that less insulin is released, your blood sugar is stabilized and you are reducing the inflammation in your body that occurs with a high carb intake. Inflammation = weight gain.
- Low-fat diets typically are void of proteins. People on low-fat diets tend to avoid protein foods from animal sources because they contain saturated fat. Protein is critical for optimal health and weight loss. The amino acids derived from protein create neurotransmitters that help to control our appetite and reduce food cravings. Protein also helps build lean muscle mass which is important if you want to lose fat.
For fat burn success, add a healthy fat to every meal such as:
- Eggs with the yolk
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil (boosts metabolism by 30%!)
- Flax oil
- Nuts and seeds
- Fatty fish like salmon or sardines
Remember, healthy fat is your friend, so go out there, eat fat, fire-up your fat burn and enjoy!
Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC
America’s #1 Fat Loss Expert
Amazon Best-Selling Author of FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN!