Why Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat According to Research
One of the biggest myths that permeates America’s view of fat is that eating fat makes you fat. However, this misconception is rooted in several flawed theories which I will attempt to reveal in this article.
First of all, perhaps we began to go in the wrong direction when we started to look at the human body like a machine. Our bodies are much more intelligent and adaptable than machines. We are beginning to understand this as more research uncovers the incredibly complex and intricate mechanisms underlying the seemingly simple functions our bodies perform every single day. This is evident upon observing the body’s ability to re-program itself, witnessed in remarkable events like neurogenesis.
Clean Fuel or Dirty Fuel
With the understanding established that our body is so much more than a mere machine, we can look at the fuel that we put into our bodies in a whole new light. Calories either burn dirty or clean as they fuel your body’s functions. The identity of food is not comprised of mere calories, but rather the identity of food is based upon the premise of benefit. This is illustrated by the consumption of carbohydrates in a meal like breakfast cereal for instance. The individual wonders why they are hungry mere hours later, whereas if they had consumed a breakfast composed of proteins and fat those calories would have lasted them until lunchtime without driving them to snacking. Obviously, the individual who chooses to eat a meal loaded with protein and fat will consume more calories in one sitting, but in the long run they will eat less calories than the individual who can’t resist snacking half-way to their next meal because the fuel just didn’t burn long enough to last.
Calories viewed in the light of a laboratory and calories viewed in the light of the human body are two very different situations. Therefore the theory that fat should be avoided because it is higher in calories is flawed. However, one must be wise in selecting the types of fat they consume, because some fats should always be avoided based on their lack of nutritional value. For example, calories from a slice of pizza will give you less nutritional benefit than calories from an avocado that is loaded with healthy fats.
Avoid Hydrogenated Fats
Any hydrogenated fat should always be avoided period. The process of hydrogenation strips nature’s fat of all the benefits and leaves you with a biochemically altered version that your body doesn’t recognize. Hydrogenated fat coats your cells, preventing you from absorbing your nutrients and interfering with your calcium metabolism and absorption. Some examples of hydrogenated fats include donuts, potato chips, and crackers. For a better understanding of this phenomenon, please refer to “Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill” by Udo Erasmus.
Actually, research shows that eating healthy fats helps you to burn more calories than eating a low-fat diet. The National Institutes of Health discovered through Kevin Hall that individuals who ate a diet rich in fat burned 100 more calories a day then individuals who ate a diet low in fat. Over the course of a year, that is a weight loss difference of 10 pounds!
Hall reported other studies whose findings revealed that eating more fat shuts down the brain’s hunger and craving centers. In other human experiments conducted by Dr. David Ludwig and his Harvard colleagues, those who ate high-fat, low-carb diets had a higher metabolism then those who ate a high-carb, low-fat diet.
In another study published by The Lancet, called the PREDIMED trial, researchers in Spain examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on heart health over the course of 5 years. Each participant had at least 3 risk factors for heart disease and/or diabetes.
The people who consumed 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day lost more weight than the participants who were advised to avoid fat in their diet. The key finding was that the diet rich in fats resulted in no weight gain, debunking a common myth.
The Ketogenic diet is growing in popularity. It transforms your body into a fat-burning powerhouse fueled by: fat. The body actually begins to burn fat for fuel instead of sugar when there is no sugar available in a process called ketosis.
Some examples of healthy fats include avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocado oil, and butter. Consider conducting an experiment upon yourself in which you replace your carbohydrates with healthy fats. If your experience is anything similar to mine, you will feel like a brand new person as your body begins to burn clean fuel and your metabolism is revved up!
In other words, fat holds your appetite in check which always results in eating fewer calories in the long run. You will reap so many nutritional benefits from eating healthy fats, less carbohydrates, and less sugar, not to mention the added incentive of weight loss!