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The Secret The Weight Loss Industry Does Not Want You To Know

The Secret The Weight Loss Industry Does Not Want You To Know

The Secret The Weight Loss Industry Does Not Want You To Know
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For many years now the idea of a ‘fat-free’ diet has been popular, particularly for when trying to lose weight. Sadly, the weight loss industry has played on this concept and has literally made an entirely new market out of it. From ‘fat-free’ cookies, yoghurts, sodas to bread and ready-made meals. The notion behind ‘fat-free’ is that you can lose weight because fat contains more calories than protein or carbohydrates. However, this is a flawed way of looking at losing weight because believe it or not, we need fat to maintain healthy bodies — it just has to be the right type and in the right amounts. 

Firstly, I want to talk about the various ‘100% fat-free’ products you can find on the supermarket shelves and how they may actually be unhealthier than products that do contain fat. Fat is generally what makes your favourite foods such as chips, cookies and cakes taste so good. When that fat is removed, it is usually replaced with other ingredients such as sugar and artificial additives to make the food taste better and compensate for the lost flavour. If you think you are making a healthy choice by picking up that 100% fat-free flavoured yoghurt, it may actually have more sugar and be just as bad if not worse for you than a full-fat option. 

There are some dairy products, such as milk or plain yoghurts, when the words fat-free aren’t necessarily bad or unhealthy options. For example, when all of the milk fat is removed from whole milk, it becomes ‘fat-free’ but that doesn’t always mean it has added sweeteners or preservatives either. Just make sure to check the labels thoroughly for additives or sugar before buying.

Checking food labels

The best thing you can do is check labels when purchasing 100% fat-free foods and watch out for sneaky ingredients such as sugar, salt and harmful ingredients such as artificial additives. An easy way to clarify is to compare the sugar and salt content of a standard product vs. a fat-free one. Just because something is low in calories does not necessarily mean it's a healthier option. The best way to eat healthily is to nourish your body with foods that have been through minimal processing and are still wholesome, such as fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Less processing typically means the food has a higher positive nutrient value.

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Good and bad fats

As I mentioned earlier, fat is a nutrient that is an essential part of our diet and plays an important role in having a healthy body. However, there is a difference between the types of fat you consume and these are commonly referred to as ‘good fats’ and  ‘bad fats’. I have spoken about this a few times before, particularly when talking about labelling and fat-free foods

So-called ‘bad fats’ are types of fat such as saturated fat and trans fat. Trans fat is a byproduct of a process called hydrogenation, which is used to turn healthy oils solid to prevent them from going off. You could consider this a preservative process. Trans fats can be found in a range of foods from cookies, cakes and takeaway food. The reason trans fat are unhealthy is because they can raise the amount of harmful LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. 

‘Good fats’ can be found in natural foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish and are made up of both monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Your body needs both of these fats to build cell membranes, maintain muscle movement and prevent inflammation. Our bodies also need a certain amount of fat to feel satisfied and to maintain a healthy nutrient intake ratio.

This is why I love spreading avocado on my toast or snacking on other little natural options, it also helps to keep me full and satisfied. I want you to remember that it is important to eat ‘good fats’ in moderation, just like anything else. Way too much or too little of one thing can still impact your diet, and just because something is labelled ‘good’ it doesn’t mean you should eat it in copious or unlimited amounts.

I believe the whole concept of fat-free foods is an outdated practice and not always relevant to losing weight in a healthy way. That’s why I’m an advocate for focusing on eating a healthy, balanced diet filled with wholesome foods and getting regular exercise.  I wrote this blog because I don’t want you to be fooled by clever packaging on unhealthy foods in the supermarket, it’s hard enough trying to make the right choices, especially when things are hidden!

Always remember to keep a balance in your life and don’t be fooled by fad diets or trends. Stick to the basics and remember not to give up! Weight loss isn’t a quick process, it’s a journey.

Love, Kayla xx

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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