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The Low-Fat Scam…

Do you ever eat something that is high in fat and then try the same thing in a low-fat version? How do the two compare? When I used to try low-fat foods as an alternative to their higher fat relative, I was always disappointed. When you take out the fat, you lose a lot of that feel good mouth texture. The removed fat is replaced with sugar and other fillers. Then they try to fool you into thinking it’s better. In reality, it is a concoction of artificial food-like substances that won’t help you lose weight. Low-fat = filled with sugar which usually comes in some form of High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the detriments of HFCS is a whole other topic!

Fat doesn’t make you fat but too much sugar can.

Our brains thrive on ketones, generated by a diet rich in healthy fats. You will find healthy fats in foods such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, and fatty fish. These healthy fats are really good for you. Fat can be your body’s fuel and therefore isn’t stored as fat like protein, sugar and carbohydrates are. Misinformation back in the 1980’s that said we needed a low-fat diet to lose weight and maintain good health. That couldn’t be further from the truth! This excellent article: “Your Healthy Diet” from the Psychology Today website is just one of many that explains how and why we should make changes to our diet.

I believe that having good – healthy fats in your diet will help with the long-term success of a lifestyle change. When I eat a low-fat dish/food I don’t feel as satisfied as I do with the full-fat version. It tastes flat and leaves me still wanting more. Since switching to full fat and more natural foods I find I feel more satisfied. I’m eating less food and don’t crave more to fulfill the craving my body had when eating a more processed food diet. Full fat plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of homemade granola has become my favorite snack if I’m hungry!

There’s no need to go toss everything in your cupboards…

As you run out of things, simply replace them with more wholesome full-fat versions with the least amount of additional ingredients. Read ingredient labels as you shop and be aware of what is in your food. Familiarize yourself with all the names that added or ‘hidden’ sugar goes by and begin making healthier food choices.

Do you struggle to come up with a replacement for a favorite food? Comment below or send us an email and we’ll do our best to help you come up with a solution!