Monday, 20 April 2015
The Truth About Fat
The calories episode was somewhat informative, though I didn't advocate the idea that even if you sit on your arse all day, your body is still burning calories just by living (through blinking, breathing, blood pumping around your body, concentrating, etc). That's definitely the message to get across to a potential audience who literally do sit on their backsides all day, stuffing their face full of c r a p, and help to make up the ever growing numbers of obesity.
The sugar episode left me feeling rather irritated that they encouraged a group of sugar addicts to continue feeding their bodies with sugar - in the form of fruit (natural, yes. Healthier? Not really). One gentleman replaced all of his calories he would have got from sugar with calories from drinking beer. Slippery slope indeed, and still pretty much left his health in the same position as it was before he started the process.
However, it was the episode on fat that really got on my nerves. As I mentioned, the BBC were in a truly FANTASTIC position to produce a 'groundbreaking' programme (in terms of the potential audience they were broadcasting the issue to), yet completely let so many people who are trying to prove that fat isn't the enemy. Not only that, I'm not surprised if they'll have left audiences feeling even more confused about fat.
They asked a group of participants to live off food that contained no more than 1% fat for several weeks, meaning the participants became obsessive with reading the fat contents on food labels, surviving off things like water biscuits, fruit, processed meals and food that have had the fat replaced and instead pumped full of either sugar or sweetener for flavour.
I'm down on my knees, hoping and praying that you, yes you, reading this knows far better than to eat this way. That 'low fat foods' are usually processed, pumped full of additives and have zero nutritional benefit for you and your health.
Once and for all, lets clear up fat...
Low fat = sugar, sugar, sugar
The next time you head to the supermarket, head down the diary aisle and pick up a pack of 'low fat yogurts' - these Müller Light Greek Style yoghurts contain 9g sugar per 100g, so already not great. The fourth ingredient is fructose, and further down the list is aspartame aka, the sweetener used to make Diet Coke 'sugar and calorie free'. Not only that but this chemical is linked to weight gain, depression and increased cravings.
If you fancy a yoghurt, stick to plain, natural yoghurt or real Greek yoghurt such as Fage's. Add sweetness with fruit and you'll be fine.
Don't just read the nutritional information, take a look at the ingredient list too. Your mind will be blown!
Fat is your skins best friend
How I wish I had known this in my teenage years. Think of an avocado, or a pool of olive oil. They're rich and creamy and plump, right? Well imagine the affect they'll have on your skin once you've digested them! Plumper, nourished, glowing skin. I'm not talking lashings of butter and great big gluggs of olive oil, everything in moderation, of course.
If it's good enough for Elle Macpherson, aka supermodel aged 51 going on 21, it's more than good enough for you.
Hormones truly are so much more important to the function and wellbeing of your body than you'll ever realise, fact. Cutting back on fat is going to have a detrimental effect upon your hormones, meaning they don't get released properly, meaning your body is functioning much slower than it should. Lack of fat could affect sleep, it could affect your fertility and menstrual cycle, and could affect your hunger hormones, meaning you may find your self feeling hungry even after eating a good amount of food thus causing mindless snacking and eating more than your body needs.
Fat keeps you lean
Eating fat does not make you fat. Accept this. Fat helps you feel fuller for longer, and works even better when combined with a good source of protein, such as eggs and avocado for breakfast. Because sources of fat are so rich, your body will actually struggle to eat a huge quantity of it. Therefore, you'l find yourself only being able to eat small amounts, you'll feel much fuller and therefore less likely to snack or eat carb heavy, sugary foods. It is processed food, processed carbs and sugar in all forms that lead to weight gain, not fat. Promise.
Did you watch any of the BBC documentaries? What 'diet myth' irritates you the most? How do you feel about fat?
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