Low Fat Diets Unhealthy?
There are a lot of misconceptions in the health and fitness world, and one of the biggest misconceptions out there is the low fat diet.
Whenever I start working with client, it always takes some time to get them to understand the drawbacks of focusing on the fat content of foods rather than the overall nutritional value. When it comes down to it, you need to really think about what’s in your food, and focus on a Clean Eating Diet that’s full of healthy whole foods.
Unfortunately, low fat diets turn out to be pretty unhealthy in the end, and there are many reasons why. Today, I’m reviewing 5 of those reasons to help get your eating habits in the healthiest zone possible.
5 Reasons Focusing on Fat is a Bad Idea
1. Low Fat Diets Encourage Eating Bad Foods
The biggest problem with low fat diets is that they encourage buying foods that are either low fat or fat free. But it’s important to keep in mind that such products are manufactured that way, as they have to have the fat removed or replaced with another ingredient.
Most foods taste like crap when they have the fat removed, so manufacturers end up replacing the fat with sugar. And sugar is only going to get converted into fat when it’s not all used up, contributing to a number of health problems in addition to obesity.
Conventional low fat diets also push ingredients like vegetable oil and foods with whole wheat. But in large consumption, both of these ingredients can also contribute to weight gain and obesity. Plain and simple, these other ingredients are not the answer, and they don’t support a healthy lifestyle.
2. Low Fat Diets Discourage Many Healthy Foods
The second big problem with low fat diets is that they end up leaving out a lot of really healthy foods, especially foods that contain healthy fats. This is why saying “low fat” isn’t enough. People need to read their labels, and know where the fat is coming from and whether it’s good or bad.