Q: Dear Healthier Talk,
I hate trying to lose weight. But I’m trying to drop a few pounds. I take a long walk every single day and I’m eating only low-fat foods.
But the number on the scale isn’t budging.
What am I doing wrong?
Frustrated and Fat, Amherst, Ohio
A: Dear Frustrated,
It’s not you. It’s the low-fat propaganda that the mainstream talking heads and know-nothings have been shoving down our throats for decades.
The same low-fat misinformation that has led to more than 78 MILLION American adults being obese.
Because let’s face it, if eating low-fat foods actually worked more than one-third of adults wouldn’t still be fighting this battle.
But that means that we’ve got some good news, you DON’T have to eat a bland, tasteless low-fat diet to lose weight. Because eating fat doesn’t make YOU fat.
Super-sized and sicker than ever
Low-fat hysteria has backfired on us. Our grocery stores are full of fat-free and low-fat foods and yet our bellies are ballooning and we’re getting sicker by the day.
Heart disease and diabetes have reached near-epidemic levels. Our joints are crumbling and our bathroom medicine cabinets are starting to look an awful lot like a pharmacy shelf.
Clearly a diet of skim milk, soy burgers and rice cakes isn’t the answer. Eating like our recent relatives will get you the results you’re looking for, and have you enjoying eating while you get there.
Dump the low-fat diet to lose weight
Don’t beat up on yourself Frustrated, you’re actually off to a great start!
Getting some movement every single day will go a long way to helping you get fit again. Try adding in something else active that you love such as dancing or swimming to keep things interesting so you don’t get bored. You’ll begin to lose weight without even trying.
Next up is a diet change. But don’t worry, you’ve already made one recently and managed to stick to it despite the lousy taste. So this change should be easy peasy.
- Trade in those bland low-fat foods for the full-fat and healthy versions.
- Say no thanks to the watery skim milk and tasteless low-fat cheese and choose the farm-fresh full-fat versions.
- Chuck the margarine and grab the good-for-you butter instead.
- And feel free to fix meat, full of fresh healthy animal fats, for dinner again.
In other words, eat more like our fit and healthy relatives did. Your grandparents and great grandparents probably didn’t even know a single soul with type-2 diabetes or heart disease, and there’s a reason for that.
Fit and fabulous with healthy fats
Despite what you’ve been told if you need to shed a few pounds a diet rich in healthy saturated fats—and the proteins that you get with them—will help you get there.
Dairy, for example, stimulates your body to produce insulin helping to naturally balance out foods that drive your blood sugar levels up. In fact, in a study published a couple of years ago researchers found that drinking is associated with a higher body fat and weight.
And an earlier study found that overweight kids who were given skim milk to drink for three months GAINED weight.
Surprised? Don’t be. Skim milk is actually HIGHER on the glycemic index than rich and delicious whole milk. Plus the fats you find in foods like that whole milk or a steak dinner don’t just taste delicious they’re functional too, slowing glucose absorption.
And remember fat tastes delicious and high protein fatty foods leave you more satisfied so you’re less likely to overeat.
Of course before making any big changes to your diet have a chat with your naturopathic doctor to make sure the move is the best one for you.
Good luck Frustrated and Fat. We bet once you make the switch it won’t be long before you change your name to Fabulous and Fit.
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