There’s a disturbing study floating around the interwebs these days:
“A review of 33 trials involving 73,589 men, women and children in America, Europe and New Zealand found that choosing low-fat foods helped people lose around 3.5 pounds, slim their waist-lines and cut bad cholesterol – all without dieting.” (Source)
Choosing low-fat foods helped people lose weight.
“Carolyn Summerbell of Durham University, who co-led the research, said the trick to slimming down and staying that way was to find a way to eat what you can stick to for life. Cutting down on fat will help, she said, adding that this meant opting for low-fat yoghurt, skimmed milk and reducing intake of butter, cheese and fatty snacks like crisps and cakes.” (Source)
The trick to slimming down and staying that way was to find a way to eat what you can stick to for life.
Diets don’t work. In order to change your body, you have to take the time to experiment and find a way of eating that works for you. A way of eating that you can easily (and happily) keep up for the rest of your life.
Opting for low-fat yogurt, skimmed milk and reducing intake of butter, cheese and fatty snacks.
Reducing your intake of foods like crackers and cakes in favor of whole foods will most definitely help you lose weight and keep it off. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and animal proteins always win over processed foods like cookies and cakes. Whole foods have actual nutrition as opposed to empty, sugary calories.
Weight loss aside, choosing low-fat yogurt and skimmed milk is probably one of the worst things you can do for your health.
Low-fat foods like yogurt and skim milk are not real food.
When the natural dairy fat is removed from things like yogurt and milk, other ingredients are added to maintain flavor and texture. These other ingredients are most often extra sugars and artificial fillers.
“Many low-fat food items contain high levels of processed salt and refined carbohydrates, which are added to low-fat foods to make up for the loss in taste and flavor that results from the artificial removal of fats. Both of these additives are linked to numerous health problems, including obesity and heart disease. (Source)
When you eat low-fat foods, you end up eating more sugar and artificial ingredients than you would if you stuck to their full-fat counterparts. Increasing sugar in your diet affects your insulin response and your ability to burn fat.
Relying on these low-fat, nutrient poor foods will leave you hungry, dissatisfied and ultimately malnourished.
Diets too low in fat can lead to all kinds of complications. Depression, cancer and even heart disease (source).
Including some high fat, nutrient dense foods in your routine is one of the best things you can do for your body and your weight loss goals. They will not only fill you up better—they’ll nourish you better than low-fat foods ever could.
Here are 5 High-fat foods you should be eating to lose weight:
Grass-fed butter. Butter is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E K2) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been shown by some studies to reduce the risk of cancer. Fat soluble vitamins are important to almost every part of your body from your skin and bones to your hormones. So enjoy a little grass-fed butter on your veggies or in your coffee.
Avocado. Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol, may increase “good” cholesterol and improve heart health. They’re also a great plant source of vitamin E and have “wide-ranging” anti-inflammatory properties (Source)
Egg Yolks. I always cringe when a client tells me they had one egg and three egg whites for breakfast. The yolks are where the nutrition is! Egg yolks are jam-packed with carotenoids and essential fatty acids. Eggs are basically nutritionally incomplete without their yolks.
Grass-fed Red Meat. Don’t be afraid of red meat! Grass-fed red meat actually has less fat than meat from grain-fed cows– it might not technically be a high-fat food, but it’s one of those foods that conventional wisdom says to stay away from. Meat from grass-fed or pastured animals has some really great nutrients in it. Including “two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals”. (Source) Grass-fed meats are also a great source of CLA and fat soluble vitamins.
Coconut. Coconut is a magical fruit. It has to power to do everything from reduce inflammation to relieve Crohn’s symptoms to support healthy skin. Throw some unsweetened coconut flakes into your trail mix, or eat a spoonful of coconut butter to reap the benefits of this tropical fruit.
High fat, nutrient dense foods are integral to a balanced diet.
Eating these foods will allow your body to truly thrive. Yes, they’re higher in calories than low-fat crackers and Light n’Fit yogurt, but they are nutritionally superior.
It’s your choice: rely on low-calorie, low-fat processed foods like yogurt and skim milk and be hungrier and less nourished, or eat some high-fat, nutrient dense foods and feel satisfied and nourished.
Do you include high-fat, nutrient dense foods in your daily food routine? Feel free to tell me your favorites in the comments below.