Dangerous Effects of Low-Fat Diets
If you are still following the advice of whatever weight-loss expert or fitness manager or gym instructor who still give you “Low-fat” diet guide… Either as a way to lose weight or as a way to maintain your weight, I must tell you. You are simply endangering your health…
…No apologies about that.
Even if you have entrusted your weight loss program on whosoever person or instructor, know it that to a great extent what you have just entrusted to him or her is your dear life.
And to avoid the dangerous effects of low-fat diets, you owe yourself that obligation to always look out for the new trend…the newest safe means to go about your weight loss. Some of these instructors does not change their program guide….what they used 6-8years ago, they still use it in this present time.
Anyway, there are still exceptional and up-to-date weight loss instructors and experts out there…Kudos!
Let me not digress?
One of the safest and most effective ways to lose weight is “LOW-CARB DIET” and NOT “ Low-Fat Diet”.
It was before that the conventional low-fat diet was thought to be a good way of losing weight. And that thought was based on very weak scientific evidence. And after knowing the dangerous effects of low-fat diets, it has since been disproven.
Not only is it proven to be ineffective, it can also cause devastating health problems for a lot of people.
Here are 7 negative effects low-fat diet can cause to your health.
1. The Low-Fat Diet Unsuspectingly Increases Consumption of Harmful Foods
When the low-fat guidelines first came out, food manufacturers rushed in to take advantage of the market. They wanted to bring a whole bunch of “heart healthy” low-fat foods to the market, in order to sell to the health conscious crowd.
But guess what they were doing…
There is one big problem with foods that have had the fat removed from them… they taste like crap. For this reason, the food manufacturers added sugar instead. Sugar is not a fat, it’s a carbohydrate. Therefore, a product can be labeled “low fat” even though it is loaded with refined sugar.
Note that the low-fat guidelines recommend that we reduce refined sugars, but not nearly as enthusiastically as the warning about the “dangerous” fats.
Basically, since the low-fat guidelines came out, people have increased their consumption of harmful foods like sugar, wheat and vegetable oils.
2. Low-Fat Diet Increases Your Chances of Getting Heart Disease
Heart disease is the most common cause of death in middle- and high income countries. It is known that traditional populations that don’t eat a Western diet have very little heart disease.
When these populations adopt a western diet, they rapidly become obese, diabetic and start dying from heart disease.
Therefore, it seems pretty clear that the western diet is a significant contributor.
Another way to consider this… The low-fat diet is just as effective at causing heart disease as the standard Western diet.
3. The Low-Fat Diet Discourages Consumption of Healthy Foods
Animal foods that are naturally high in fat tend to be healthy and nutritious.
The low-fat diet discourages people from consuming these foods because they contain saturated fat and cholesterol.
Blaming the epidemics of obesity, diabetes or heart disease on fatty animal foods makes absolutely no sense, because the diseases are relatively new, while the foods have been with us all along.
Here are 4 examples of foods that have been termed “unhealthy” due to the misguided war on saturated fat:
- Meat: Naturally fed meat is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, vitamins and minerals along with important nutrients like Carnosine and Creatine.
- Eggs: Eggs are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, along with Choline and powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes.
- High-fat dairy products: Grass-fed dairy products are the best source of Vitamin K2 in the diet. Also loaded with Calcium, CLA and plenty of other nutrients.
- Coconut: Coconut products contain fats that are associated with powerful health benefits, including increased fat burning, better blood lipids and improved brain function.
4. The Low-Fat Diet Can Lower the Level of the “Good” Cholesterol, HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is often referred to as the “good” cholesterol. Having high levels of HDL is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
Eating more fat can raise HDL levels, while a high carbohydrate intake can lead to a reduction. Therefore, it is not surprising to see studies where a low-fat, high-carb diet leads to reductions in HDL, which may lead to an increased risk of heart disease.
One of the many good ways to raise HDL levels is to eat a low-carb diet.
5. The Low-Fat Diet Can Raise Your Triglycerides Levels in the Body
Having elevated triglycerides in the blood is a well known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is also one of the features of the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms believed to play a causal role in cardiovascular disease, obesity and type II diabetes.
When blood triglycerides are elevated, it is usually because the liver is turning excess carbohydrates (especially fructose) into fat.
Because the low-fat diet is also a high-carb diet, this diet can lead to an increase in blood triglycerides, potentially elevating the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The best way to lower triglycerides is to eat in the exact opposite way; a low-carb, high-fat diet. Such a diet consistently leads to reductions in blood triglycerides.
6. The Low-Fat Diet Can Harm The Pattern of LDL (The “Bad”) Cholesterol
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is often referred to as the “bad” cholesterol. Elevated LDL levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, new data is showing that there are subtypes of LDL. We have small, dense LDL (called pattern B) and Large LDL (called pattern A).
The small, dense particles (sdLDL) contribute to heart disease, NOT the large ones.
A high intake of carbohydrates (especially refined carbohydrates) increases sdLDL, while saturated fat and cholesterol change the LDL particles from the small, dense (bad) sub-type to the large (benign) sub-type.
7. Low-Fat Diet Could Lead to Low Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males, but women have small amounts of it too. And like other steroid hormones, testosterone is produced out of cholesterol.
Having adequate testosterone levels is important for various aspects of health in both men and women. Having low testosterone levels can lead to decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, osteoporosis, depression, decreased libido, among others.
One of the side effects of a low-fat diet is significantly reduced testosterone levels, a study showing a reduction of 12% after 8 weeks on a low-fat diet.
Do you think there are more dangerous effects? Feel free to add yours in the comment box below