Julia was a lovely patient who was desperate to lose 125 lbs. I had asked her to keep a food diary for a few weeks. A food diary allowed me to view eating habits and nutrient consumption. Honesty is the best policy here or you’re only hurting yourself. Remember, just like salvation, Truth is Absolute.
Unfortunately, fat free doesn’t mean calorie free and if you consume more calories than your metabolism burns off, you’ll still gain weight. Cookies are fine once in a while in moderation, just select one that contain nutrients; such as fig newtons, oatmeal raisin, macadamia nut or even dark chocolate cookies. What’s my mantra? “Eat for nutrients!” We need balance to stay healthy. Skip a vital nutrient and we become unbalanced, mentally and physically! Don’t believe hype!
“Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.” (Hebrews 13:9)
The Dangers of A Non-Fat Diet (basically an extremely low (10-15%) or fat-free diet, with little added protein.)
- Without fat, the body breaks down muscle tissue to use as protein for energy. “Danger, Danger Will Robinson!!” THE HEART IS A MUSCLE! Heart disease and lower HDL protective cholesterol is a distinct possibility!
- Everyone has something called brown fat which cushions and insulates our vital organs. Born with all the brown fat we’ll get, it generates heat and regulates metabolism. It’s never reproduced through food intake but is lost on low-fat diets.
- A fat-free diet increases insulin production, upping the chances of diabetes, anxiety attacks, depression and personality changes.
- Carb dieters seem to forget the “simple versus complex” carb difference. Complex carbs offer vital fiber, vitamins and mineral nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Simple carbs are usually processed goodies such as donuts, candy, cookies and other sugary foods without substantial nutrients.
- Many dieters then use artificial sugars. Sugar has only 16 calories per teaspoon and there are no artificial chemicals in sugar. Use real sugar for your coffee or baking, just use less of it. Note: I’ll have a blog on the dangers of Splenda soon.
- Dieters have a mentality of “if it’s-fat free, I can eat more of it” and will lose sight of self-discipline.
- Non-fat processed foods usually increase sodium for added flavor which raises blood pressure.
Basic Benefits of Fat:
- Fat is a necessary component for transport of vitamins A, D, E and K throughout your system.
- Most adults need 44 to 78 grams (11-19 tsp or 2/3 to 1 cup) of good fat per day. Remember, 4 grams = one teaspoon. 3 tsp. = 1 tablespoon = 120 pure fat calories. (Visualize 20-50% of a piece of meat as fat) A little goes a long way. Keep nuts, avocados, olives, flaxseed, tuna, salmon, olive, canola oil, and other good fats loaded with nutrients, in your diet.
- Cutting out fat is crazy! Our skin would look sallow, we’ll get colder, have little energy, our hair would lose its luster and even fall out.
- Without fat, you’ll feel unsatisfied and your brain will nag for any fat until you give in to a greasy burger or bacon.
As for me and my house, I’ll listen to my God as he told Noah in Genesis 9:3, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” and not to false diet gurus who say what our “tickling ears” want to hear.