Fat doesn’t make you fat. Carbs do.
For generations, we’ve been told to fear fat as our enemy and avoid it at all costs if we wanted to lose weight. Finally, recent studies from the past decade are beginning to show that fat is not the culprit to our weight problems; it is, in fact, carbohydrates that contribute to excessive weight gain and stubborn fat buildup.
Walk down the aisles of any grocery store and you’ll come across “low fat,” “reduced fat,” or “fat free” alternatives to most food products such as bread, chips, cookies, frozen entrees, salad dressings, desserts, and countless others. But with all these supposedly low fat alternatives on the market, why is the average American waistline continuing to grow?
Fat has been made the scapegoat of obesity since the 1950s, which is when the “fat free” label arrived on our supermarket shelves and quickly became a staple of western diet. But Americans are finally beginning to open their eyes and realize that the clever low-fat gimmick was a scheme from the beginning—a scheme devised by fear-mongering, money-hungry Big Food industries who know exactly how to market food to human beings in the modern world.
So what happens when fat is eliminated from, say, a package of cookies? Because fat is what satisfies both our taste buds and stomach, eating a food void of any fat is going to be consequently less satisfying, less tasty, and less appealing overall. To counter this, food companies replace the fat in their products with refined sugars and other addictive chemicals that are literally toxic to the human body. These additives return sufficient flavor to the food products, making them palatable and therefore sellable.
But refined sugars are the lowest quality carbohydrate you can find. And considering that our bodies don’t even require carbohydrates as an essential nutrient to survival (no matter the quality; refined or complex), this is bad news for anyone with high insulin levels whose bodies can’t help but store excessive amounts of glucose, converting it into fat in the process.
Since “fat free” food came onto the market over 60 years ago, the American waistline has done nothing but grow. Today, we are at our worst health yet, with obesity and diabetes rates through the roof, and with these diseases now affecting people at younger ages than we ever thought possible. And it is all due to the increased intake of low-quality carbohydrates found in food today.
When we consume carbohydrates that our body does not need and will not burn, the pancreas automatically releases insulin, signaling the conversion of glucose into fat, which then gets stored and builds up over time, leading to weight gain. Fat, on the other hand—especially high quality fats such as those that can be found in nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados—is continuing to prove nearly irrelevant in terms of contributing to weight gain. Beginning in the nineties, studies such as those done by Dr. Atkins have shown us that people eating a diet rich in high quality proteins and saturated fats and low to no carbohydrates experienced significant weight loss and overall improved health. This is because fat is an essential nutrient. Our bodies cannot function without it. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are nonessential to people with low to moderate activity levels, such as the average American.
Fats, especially healthy, high quality fats, are our best friends, not our worst enemies.
They help us absorb vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from other foods. They supply energy, help us build cell membranes, and strengthen our digestive, nervous and immune systems. Healthy fats can also reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, depression, joint pain and inflammation.
So if you’re planning on significantly cutting down on your fat intake in an attempt to lose weight, you may want to think again before blaming this helpful, not harmful substance. Turn your focus elsewhere: to the carbohydrates in your diet, especially the low-quality, refined carbs such as white bread, pasta, white rice, sweets, chips, sugary drinks, pizza—you know, all the oh-so-nutritious food that is such a trademark of the American diet.
Cut back on the carbs and increase your intake of protein, fiber, and high quality fats such as omega-3s. This is the proven way to effectively lose—and keep off—those unwanted pounds.
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