For years we've been told that fat is bad for us and is the cause of heart disease, obesity and various other illnesses. We've been told to limit red meat because it raises our cholesterol, drink skimmed milk if we want to lose weight and use low fat spreads instead of butter because apparently they are better for us. Well it turns out that much of this information simply isn't true!
In actual fact, healthy fat from meat, fish, butter, eggs, dairy, nuts, avocados and olive oil is GOOD for us. It provides nutrients, helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and....now here's the interesting bit....encourages NATURAL AND PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS!
That's right, FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT. It's actually carbohydrates in the form of sugars and starches that make you put on weight by raising blood sugar levels.
When you follow a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet, you restrict carbohydrates such as sugary foods, pasta and bread and eat real foods such as proteins, vegetables and natural fats. Eating this way stabilises blood sugar levels and decreases the production of the fat storing hormone insulin. Your body starts to burn fat, you feel more satiated, you eat less and you lose weight.
However, following a LCHF diet is not just about losing weight. Studies have shown improved health markers and people who eat this way often report having more energy and improved mental clarity.
So forget counting calories and tasteless low fat foods. Just eat real, natural foods with lots of healthy fat!