Low-Fat Diet Exposed
The sad truth about the Low-Fat Diet
This is, like any other macronutrient reduction diet, a bad idea. Use this diet only if becoming fatter and weaker is your goal. Ditto for the low carb diet or low protein diet.
Your body needs fat to burn fat. And when it doesn't have fat coming in, it starts becoming very stingy with the fat it does have.
But, there is more to health than getting rid of body fat. That is not to say you should disparage getting rid of body fat--it would be great if everyone became at least reasonably lean. That's not the issue. Trying to deprive your body of essential nutrients so that you lose fat is simply not a smart thing to do. Please note that getting too many of the wrong fats in your body can also deplete the good fats you have. So, eat the right fats and don't try to be a low-fat lemming!
Your body requires fat for many vital functions, such as:
The list goes on and on. The point is, your body needs fats. It also needs carbohydrates and proteins. The trick is to get the right kinds of all three, and get them in quantities that work for you. It is not necessary, or even desirable, to try to eliminate fat from your diet. It is good to reduce the "junk fat" from your diet. Your body can handle some animal fat. But, it can't handle large quanities. So, trim the fat rind from your steak, eat low-fat dairy products, and don't touch the bacon!
A diet that replaces many normal foods
with fat-free varieties can be of value, depending on the foods so replaced
and what you replace them with.
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