Why Low Fat Diets Don’t Work – What Does Work?
If you’ve landed on this blog, it’s because you’re wondering why low fat diets don’t work for you. I’m no health expert. But I do know this. I’ve tried other diets – especially low fat diets – with dismal results. I was always hungry. I felt deprived. And I always ended up gorging my face.
The only food plan that has ever allowed me to shed 100 pounds in 6 months while eating the foods I love – and without ever feeling hungry – is low carb. So in this article, I’ll explain why low fat diets don’t work for me – and why low fat diets don’t work for you either.
Really Important: Always check with your doctor before following any food plan or exercise program. This article is not meant to give medical or dietary advice. I’m merely sharing my personal experience.
Why Are Low Fat Diets Hard -Why Do You End Up Bingeing?
If you’re reading this post, it’s because you’re probably struggling with a plan like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. Or maybe you’re just counting calories and following the guidelines of the Government’s Food Pyramid.
Here’s the problem: Low fat diets always contain high carbohydrates.
For example, the typical low-fat breakfast consists of:
1 cup of oatmeal
2 slices of whole wheat toast
Small pat of butter
1 glass of skim milk
Sounds healthy right? Uh uh. The problem with this breakfast is – you’ll be hungry 2 hours later. Why? Because some people (like you and I) are carbohydrate sensitive. That means, once we eat carbs, we crave more. The more carbs we eat, the more we crave – and the fatter we get!
More important, as carbohydrate sensitive people, our bodies don’t metabolize carbs well – which makes us gain weight… even when we don’t eat that much! And here’s the kicker: Any diet that skimps on natural fats is inherently unsatisfying, making it extremely difficult to sustain long term and almost certainly doomed to failure – something the FDA won’t tell you.
What Our Government Doesn’t Want You To Know…
There’s a big lie that the food giants – and our government – keep selling to the public. That lie is that in order to lose weight and be healthy, you need to eat lots of carbs and avoid high fat foods like meat, cheese, cream and butter.
Are You Dieting Yourself Into Obesity?
But if the FDA’s theory was valid, why have we dieted ourselves into an obesity epidemic? Why are our hospitals filled to the gills with diabetic and heart disease patients? Enter, the low-carb diet Did you know that scientific research (think Atkins) has proven that a high protein, low carbohydrate and higher fat diet work wonders – not only for fast weight loss, but for excellent health?
Yes. It’s true. And I can tell you the benefits of eating low carb first hand…
What Are The Benefits of Eating Low Carb?
When I lost 100 pounds back in 1999, I belonged to a group of carbohydrate addicts who were just as obese as I. Many of them suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and/or were pre-diabetic. We all started this low carb food plan together. The results were none other than astounding.
Low Carb Diets Lower Blood Pressure, Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Not only did we all lose a lot of weight fast (20 pounds in a month for some of us), but many members of this group were able to lower their blood pressure and reverse their diabetic conditions – fast – which also meant, no more medication. Yes. It’s true. I swear.
In six months, with the help of their doctors, most no longer had to take medication! That’s the power of a low carb food plan.
Here are 6 benefits of eating low carb:
• Make you lose a ton of weight, fast
• Reverse Type II Diabetes
• Normalize Blood Pressure
• Give you tons of energy
• Give you mental clarity
• Keep your metabolism in high gear
I’d say those are some pretty darn good reasons to follow a low carb food plan. Now that I’ve explained to you why low fat diets don’t work, what kind of foods would you eat on a low carb food plan? Well, I’m going to give a sample of what some people eat on low carb plans. Remember, if you don’t like a certain protein, you don’t have to eat it. Just substitute it for one you like.
Sample of a Day’s Menu on Low Carb Plan
First, at a minimum, on a low-carb plan you’ll eat 3 meals per day. Those meals should consist of protein, fruit and vegetables. Also, it’s a good idea to weigh and measure your food – at least for the first month or two. On low carb, you’re allowed to snack. But your snack should always consist of protein and fat. You’ll feel fuller faster.
Here’s an example of a low carb meal:
3 Egg Omelette
1 Slice of Cheese
Diced green and red peppers
1 Cup Strawberries
4 oz Fried Pork Chops (no flour)
1 Cup Salad (Romain, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radish, Chili Peppers)
1 Cup Eggplant sautéed in olive oil and garlic
4 oz Ground Lamb (or any kind of protein, including fish)
2 Cups Salad (Spinach, Arugula, Scallions, Cucumbers, Grape Tomato)
2 Tbl Olive Oil and Dijon mustard for the dressing
1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin (pure pumpkin) with Splenda and Cinnamon
1 Tbl Butter
Sounds too good to be true right?
It’s not. Now that you know why low fat diets don’t work, I want you to try low carb eating. I promise you’ll be starting your low carb love affair and losing weight fast. And to help you get started, I’ve attached a low carb diet shopping list!
Remember to always check with your doctor before following any food plan or exercise program.
What’s your experience with low-fat diets?
Feel free to leave your comments below. I love hearing from my readers!