A high fat diet seems counter-intuitive to the majority of us, especially when we are trying to shed those pounds – why would we want to eat more fat when we are trying to lose fat?! Well, high-fat diets can actually help weight loss rather than hinder it.
We naturally like to have carbs with every meal, whether it’s potatoes, bread, rice and so on. However, taking away those carbs and replacing them with foods high in good fats (I will explain this later) can have great benefits. For example, instead of having rice, chicken and veg for dinner, you would replace the rice with, say, an avocado.
At first people think they won’t have any energy if they’re not eating carbs, but this isn’t strictly true. If you stop eating carbs and do not replace those carbs with another energy source, then yes, you will begin to lack energy. However, replacing carbs with high-fat foods does not compromise your energy since fat is also an energy source. What replacing carbs with fat actually does is encourage your body to use your fat resources for your energy – a process called ketosis.
Not only can a high-fat diet have weight loss benefits, omega-3 fatty acids also have beneficial effects on your hair and skin. Furthermore, a high-fat diet fills you up for longer. This is partially because fat takes longer to digest, but also because the ketones released when your body uses fat for energy suppress your appetite. This makes it a lot easier to stick to your diet plan by not snacking on sugary foods in-between meals.
To see the benefits of a high-fat diet there are 2 important things to keep in mind:
1) Firstly, you must cut out sugar (carbs) – your body will not enter a state of ketosis where it burns fat for energy if you supply it with sugar.
2) Secondly, it is important to know which fats to eat – eating loads of chocolate, sweets, fried food and so on, although fatty, will not help you drop those pounds. We have ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’:
FOODS CONTAINING ‘BAD’ FATS: sunflower oil (any seed oils – which is normally what all our fried foods are cooked in), margarine, pastries, cookies, muffins, sweets.
It made me very happy to see an article promoting this kind of diet in the Saturday Times (The Weekend) on 3rd January 2015 – have a read and see for yourself. It’s great to see that people are finally coming to realise that fat is not the enemy – sugar is!
If you want any advice or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.