Does Fat-Free Means Trouble Free? Think Again.
We all know that there are different levels of “free from fat” when it comes to low-fat diets. There is reduced fat, low fat, and fat-free. But, many of us on low-fat or fat-free diets find it difficult to being or maintain these diets. Others of us find it difficult to accomplish the results we thought we would see when starting the diet. While sometimes we simply poorly chose our diet plan, other times we simply are not doing enough to make the diet effective. Remember that fat-free does not mean blame-free, and it certainly does not mean that one no longer has to put in the effort to maintain a healthy and effective diet. There are still many perils that can befall the low-fat dieter, and knowing how to be aware of these difficulties, and more importantly how to succeed despite them, can help you to a fulfilling diet experience.
Difficult to Avoid
Let’s face it, when it comes to fats, it seems like they are in everything. More importantly, it seems like they are in everything that is tasty and worth eating. You will never see a high-fat content warning sticker on a bushel of bok choi, nor will you see it on an onion or mushroom. You also will never see it on a box of cookies, but you can always tell which one has more fat, because your taste buds enjoy one more than the other. Yes, it can be difficult to avoid the fats that are hidden in all the items we love. It takes one’s due diligence to avoid the fats that come with all the things we tend to enjoy as treats. However, one way to curb this seeking of things you must avoid is to simply make a big list of what you just cannot have. While it may be painful to handle, you will be able to survive by making a list of items that you both enjoy and CAN have. For instance, if you have a particular sweet tooth, while you cannot have the candy-bar or ice-cream, you most certainly can enjoy an apple or a peach in yogurt, which quite honestly can be as (if not more) tasty. Sometimes it is simply the urge of having what you “shouldn’t” have that makes it enticing. Learn to curb that attitude and succeed in your fatty cravings.
One of the obstacles for those who cannot have fats is that they say the fat-free foods are tasteless. This is true for two reasons. The first is chemical, as your body desires the fats when you are first dieting. Thus, when you begin to feed it low-fat foods, it is almost telling you that it is not happy with the lack of the fats it is used to. Fats are almost addictive in this sense and it simply takes time for your body to adjust. The second reason it can feel like the other foods are tasteless is quite simply that you are trying to eat foods that are only good because they have fat in them. It is best to simply quit attempting to eat fat-free chips, fat-free ice cream, and fat-free candy, because the reason you enjoy those foods is partially due to their fat content, which often makes things moist and more delectable to the fat-addict. Again, attempt to substitute those high-fat items with something healthy and tasty like fruit.
Fat-Free Doesn’t Mean Sugar Free
While this may seem like a simple idea, many people forget to check if their fat-free or low-fat foods have a low level of sugar as well. It does one very little good to eat supposedly low or reduced fat items that have a high level of sugar or preservatives, which will likely be turned into fat by one’s metabolism. Stay wary of all items and do what it takes to always make sure you know exactly what is in what you are eating.
Not All Fat Is Bad
It is important to remember that just because something has a fat in it does not mean it is bad for you. For instance, there are many health benefits to consuming oils like olive oil. Olive oil has a high fat content, but generally it is used sparingly. The oils and fats in olive oil can promote a healthy heart and one certainly cannot say that this is unhealthy. In general, fats are a healthy part of any diet when they are used in moderation and in tandem with an active lifestyle. Of course one should not go out and drown their foods in olive oil, or assume that bacon fat is the same thing as olive oil’s fats. Instead, understanding that fat is not a villain but instead an over-utilized part of a healthy diet is a key to a healthier diet. Many of us can benefit from a diet with lower fat content, but to pretend that fat is all-evil and the nemesis of our bodies is wrong.
Exercise Still a Must
No matter how low or no-fat your diet is, remember that exercise is still a key component. Simply lowering your fat consumed per day is not what makes a person healthy. Instead, lowering your fat intake and providing your body with the other minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, and then utilizing a consistently active lifestyle is what creates complete health. Remember that fat used for energy in the body, so removing it fully can mean difficulties cultivating energy. This is why a low-fat diet is often the more appropriate style. Nevertheless, losing the fat alone does not equal losing weight or staying in shape. Only along with activity can a low-fat diet be useful.
Remembering to stay away from the pitfalls of a low-fat diet, and finding ways to avoid the frustrations that can cause one to fail is the key to a proper diet. By keeping in mind that fat is not the enemy and understanding how to enjoy low-fat living through proper food intake, you can reap the benefits of the low-fat diet without feeling as if it is a burden to be bared.
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