Reasons why you should not eliminate fats from your weight loss diet

For years we have been told that to lose weight is necessary to eliminate fats from the diet. The 'light' products had a great commercial boom, nutritionists recommended fat-free menus, and TV products and ads supported that premise. But That statement has become obsolete when it is shown that eliminating fats from the diet is not the best way to lose weight.

The idea that fats are 'bad' and that we should limit their consumption, especially if we want to maintain good health and also lose weight, It is an old-fashioned image that defended that the fat intake accumulated more fat in the body.


Our body is prepared for the consumption and metabolism of fat, working with it optimally. Already our ancestors took in their diet vegetables, meat, nuts, fruits ... they had a diet high in fats and proteins and, therefore, our metabolism is perfectly adapted to this type of diet. However, nowadays, the food model is the opposite and the human being has never had more chronic, autoimmune and debilitating diseases in general. A diet low in fat would not be the healthiest for the organism if we look at our evolutionary origins where the consumption of carbohydrates was very low.

High fat diet vs low fat diet

Healthy fats provide great nutritional value because help build cell membranes, hormones, facilitate the absorption of nutrients and they are considered powerful antiviral agents because of their caprylic acid content.


A diet low in fat causes the body to burn carbohydrates such as grains or sugars that cause hormonal alterations that can be the trigger of diseases. If these foods are combined with vegetables and healthy fats this effect is counteracted.

The myth of counting calories and cardiovascular health

We have been counting calories for years when it turns out that the incidence in weight is irrelevant to the impact it can have on health depending on its source. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, "fructose is isocaloric but not isometabolic", that is, you can make a meal in which you combine fructose with protein, fructose with fat or fructose with glucose, in which the calories of the dish are practically identical but nevertheless the metabolic effect will be very different in each case. It is because of this type of observations that it has begun to give more importance to the nutritional value of food than to the calories themselves.

It is true that saturated fats have a good amount of calories, however, in a healthy and balanced diet, they do not necessarily lead to weight gain or cardiovascular problems. In addition, fats are satiating and do not cause insulin spikes by maintaining blood glucose levels so they help in weight control effectively.

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In 2010, for example, a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reviewed 21 studies that tried to relate the consumption of saturated fats to the risk of heart disease and the conclusion was that "There is no significant evidence to conclude that saturated dietary fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease." In fact, experts recommend a healthy fat intake of at least 50% of the total diet to maintain good health.

Many studies have linked the increase in the rate of obesity with a high consumption of carbohydrates and sugars, foods that cause a sudden increase in blood glucose that causes the body to store excess sugar as fat and, in addition, when lowering that peak of sugar, causes anxiety to continue eating by not stimulating leptin (satiety hormone), so that the intake of calories increases also, becoming a 'vicious circle'. Thus carbohydrates would be the main factor that would determine the proportion of fat in the body and not the intake of healthy fats.

Sources of healthy fats

You can find the beneficial healthy fats in foods like olives, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, seeds, eggs, grass meat ... Within a good diet plan they will lead you to have a healthy menu that will promote your longevity and your overall health, reasons more than enough to lose your fear of fats forever.

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