Guess what – it’s fat! That’s right, if you limit fat from your diet chances are you are struggling with weight issues. Every person I talk to who wants to lose weight is avoiding fat from the diet. For most it’s become an obsession – I’m still not losing weight! I have to be more vigilant and on guard as not to let a single molecule of fat into my food! “99% fat free” not good enough! Where is the “No Fat Inside” product?
Sounds familiar? It’s a common theme. But it is not working! Just look around and ask others some simple questions. Soon you’ll work out a common pattern. Even better, ask someone who is trim and happy with their body and compare the difference in their diet.
Here are some examples from around the world. Eskimos’ diet consisted of up to 75% of their total calorific intake from fat! Mostly whale blubber, seal fat, meat and cold water fish. Were they fat and obese? No.
Pacific Islanders ate similar quantities of fat but from coconut, not animal products. They were also free of obesity and heart disease. I say were because they are not now that their diet has been influenced by westerners who know “better”.
So why is fat avoidance making us fat? It’s simple – balance. A balanced meal (protein, carbohydrates and fat) is more wholesome and satisfying. Without fat it will taste bland and dry. A common practice is to add sugar to make it palatable. (Have you noticed how all low fat cereal are high in sugar?) This leads to cravings and snacking between meals – again, low fat, high-in-sugar snacks are usually consumed. And guess what? This leads to the unwanted pounds on the body.
Fat is needed. I’ve written a lot about it – it controls hormone production, energy regulation and helps with vitamin, mineral and enzyme usage. But most importantly, it builds cell membranes. Without fat in the diet you are just asking for trouble. However, a word of warning – not all fats are good. The peoples in the examples above only ate the natural and unprocessed fats. It did not matter whether they were animal or plant based, they were not damaged and modified my modern science with the aim of prolonging the shelf life. No, they would hunt and consume pretty much immediately.
It is a little bit different with coconut oil. I must say from experience that coconut oil holds very well without any hydrogenation. It beats the commercial shortenings and spreads hands down.
As a finishing note, there’s a lot of publicity in the media these days about how bad the sugar is. It is bad and it is the real culprit behind the obesity epidemic. However, if you try to eliminate both fat and sugar from your diet, it is going to be miserable. I don’t see too many people with strong enough will power not to give in to temptation sooner or later. A better way is to actually whack that dollop of sour cream to your pumpkin soup, use full cream milk with your cereal, replace that canola oil with ghee or coconut oil when frying. You will find that your meals will taste better and cravings for sweets will just go away. On that note, all this writing is making me hungry, time for breakfast – it’s eggs and bacon and toast with butter 🙂