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Why Low-Fat Diets Fail

By Lana Bandoim

Low-fat diets make people miserable, and they may not work. Research shows that low-fat diets actually increase obesity and diabetes. Before switching from regular sour cream to the low-fat version, consider the following diet tips.

Low-Fat Diets Are Too Restrictive

One of the biggest problems with low-fat diets is that they are restrictive. Many people feel deprived and miss normal food. Most low-fat diets are also low-calorie, so it is hard to feel full. In addition, they can create blood sugar spikes that leave people feeling hungry all the time.

Some Fats Are Healthy

Another problem with low-fat diets is that they eliminate healthy fats. Studies show that people need healthy fats such as monounsaturated fats. In addition, research reveals that some high-fat diets actually help weight loss.

Low-Fat Diets Can Increase Obesity

Although many people believe a low-fat diet will help them lose weight, the opposite is true. Several studies have shown that diets that restrict fats can lead to obesity. When fat is removed from a food product, the taste is affected in a negative way. Brands try to compensate for this by adding extra sugar and salt. This can lead to weight gain and other problems.

Low-Fat Junk Food

Following a diet is hard, so low-fat junk food such as reduced fat cookies is tempting. The labels proudly declare the food has less fat, so dieters end up overeating and forgetting to count calories. Instead of losing weight and improving their health, they gain more pounds and fill their bodies with junk.  

Heart Disease Risk

Studies show that eating a low-fat diet can increase the risk of heart disease. It seems counterintuitive, but decreasing the fat that people consume does not stop artery clogs. In addition, low-fat diets can decrease good cholesterol in the body.

Fat Is Filling

Healthy fats can be filling and can eliminate some cravings. For example, eating high-fat products such as eggs and avocados can make you feel full for hours, so the temptation to snack is gone. The key is to avoid processed fats and trans fats that do not have health benefits. Skip the hydrogenated oils and margarine, but feel free to enjoy coconut and olive oil.

Before joining the low-fat diet trend, consider the research. Low-fat diets do not work for most people, and they can cause health problems. It may be better to find another diet to get rid of the extra pounds.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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