Updated: Jul 29, 2019
7. Low Fat
A macronutrient is a food required in fairly large amounts in our human diet. There are only 3 macronutrients that are commonly considered:
Carbs (includes sugars)
Low Fat Recommendations - success or failure?
Low fat diets make you hungry and keep you hungry for a couple of reasons, the main one being that if your diet is “low fat” then it is most likely high in carbs. The exception is the “Atkins” type diet which is a high protein diet, I will be discussing the benefits and downfalls of a high protein diet next week. The other main issue with a low-fat diet is that many people on this diet eat loads of processed carbs that are high in short-term calories but low in nutrients.
Harvard - Prof. David Ludwig
David Ludwig is a Harvard professor of nutrition and Pediatrician. At a high level, he explains the carbohydrate conundrum quite well:
“The low fat/high carbohydrate diet we’ve been told to eat for 40 years has raised insulin levels, triggering fats cells to hoard too many calories. As a result, there are too few calories in the blood stream and available to fuel the needs of the rest of the body. Our brain recognizes this problem and takes measures to save energy – so we get hungry, metabolism slows down, and we gain weight. Cutting back on calories only makes this situation worse, creating a battle between mind and metabolism we’re destined to lose.”
Dr. Ludwig’s “Always Hungry” program aims to address the cause, not the symptoms, of weight gain at the source – fat cells stuck in calorie storage overdrive. Using a diet and lifestyle support to lower insulin levels and calm chronic inflammation, fat cells can be reprogrammed to release their excess calorie reserves. When this happens, calories flood back into the blood stream, hunger decreases, metabolism speeds up, and you lose weight without the struggle.