Why Fat Free is Not a Healthy Choice
WHY FAT FREE IS NOT A HEALTHY CHOICE
Oftentimes, clients are surprised to hear that I’m not going to encourage them to limit their fat caloric intake. In fact, I actually discourage them from eating fat-free diet foods. My primary focus is on structured timing and portion control. No number obsessing here! You’ll never hear me advocating a fat-free diet.
When you opt for fat-free products, you’re consuming foods that are more processed, which means more artificial binders, fillers, emulsifiers, and sugars. Here are two reasons why fat free is not a healthy choice.
Eating fat doesn’t mean you’re gaining fat
Your body can make fat out of any excess energy source. In fact, your body is quite efficient at packaging excessive sugar into fat stores. Banning fats from your diet may lower your caloric intake, but it can also allow for more elevated blood sugar levels, which in turn, can promote fat storage.
Fat encourages satiety
Satiety is the feeling of fullness. Eating fats help you properly gauge your appetite. Fat also stimulates the release of leptin, a hormone in your brain that inhibits hunger signals. Instead of eating crackers, eat a handful of nuts and you’ll be satisfied for a longer period of time.
Fats are an important part of maintaining optimal metabolism and weight, plus they contribute to hormonal function, organ insulation, and prevent fatty acid deficiency. Essential fatty acids, such as omega-3s aid in preventing inflammation and help promote optimal nerve and vessel function.
Keep in mind, fat-soluble toxins are stored in fats and oxidized fats can cause damage to your vessels. When purchasing fats, select quality, unprocessed and organic fats. Looking to restore balance to your body? Try my 10-Day Real Food Detox!