Weight-loss Trap #1: Fat Makes You Fat
It may seem like life's great unsolvable mystery: You’re doing everything right according to all of the mainstream experts... So why can’t you get the scale to reflect all of your hard work?!
If this sounds familiar, get ready to have your world rocked.
After spending many years stuck on this particular hamster wheel, on the verge of completely giving up, I stumbled across information that changed the course of my life.
I spent years feeling defective and defeated only to find out I wasn’t the problem.
The problem is the misinformation prevalent in the weight-loss community.
I’ve compiled a list of the top five common mistakes most people make when trying to lose weight and I’ll be breaking them down for you over the next 5 weeks.
Let’s start with one of the biggest misconceptions:
Fat makes you fat.
Let’s be very clear, fat does not make you fat.
Sugar makes you fat.
Fats, like butter, coconut oil and olive oil, have taken a bad rap for the last 30 years. The medical community has pointed fingers at fat and blamed butter and the like for the obesity and heart epidemic disease plaguing our country.
The low-fat craze took us by storm. We bought it hook, line, and sinker. In the meantime, we continued to gain weight and cholesterol levels and heart disease got worse.
Back in the early 70’s, some deeply flawed studies were used to determine that saturated fat led to heart disease. What they didn’t study were other factors like smoking, exercise and sugar intake. This led to the rise of low-fat foods, margarine and vegetable oils.
Funny thing, even with the reduction of full-fat food, heart disease and cholesterol levels still continued to rise at alarming rates.
You know what else drastically increased? Obesity.
People on a low-fat diet tend to eat more
Low-fat options of food are filled with artificial fat substitutes, aka chemicals, which end up confusing the body. The “hungry” and “full” signals get skewed, which leads to overeating.
The problem stems with the removal of fat. When you remove the thing that satiates our bodies, keeping us feeling full, you have to add sugar and other artificial ingredients. Sugar converts to glucose and unused glucose converts to fat.
Welcome to the hamster wheel.
The ketogenic lifestyle works because of fat
One of the reasons why the ketogenic lifestyle works so well for weight loss is because the diet consists of large amounts of fat. Ideally, the ratio is 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs in the form of fiber.
Even though high-fat foods tend to be higher in calories, you’re less likely to overeat. Eating foods high in the good fats will keep you full longer, help boost your metabolism and in turn, help you lose weight.
For more information on the types of fats you should be eating, check out my book, Ketogenic Solutions.
In the meantime, stop denying yourself the pleasure of eating real food in hopes the sacrifice will reflect in the numbers you see on the scale.