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Public Health England’s chief nutritionist has said “Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly”!
Should we eat more healthy dietary fat?
This article is a great illustration of how applying generalisations simply doesn’t work. The public need educating on what to eat and quite frankly once educated it’s not all that difficult! It’s then a matter of choice but the current playing field is so confusing to the average member of the public that they don’t know what to eat this week for the best. Should we be avoiding: butter / meat / dairy / soy / bread / potatoes – take your pick they’ve all been singled out and demonised over the recent years. It’s difficult to keep track of which is this months culprit for the obesity epidemic!
I thought it was all about low-fat?
What is clear to me, is that the low-fat hysteria has left the diet of The Western World in a sorry state. To achieve the low-fat goal, fats are removed and foods pumped full of processed ingredients which are of no benefit to our health and come with a high calorie price tag. I would be surprised if someone could sit down and eat the same number of calories from avocados that are contained in a typical selection of low fat ready meals. Even if they were able to, the nutritional value would be poles apart.
If fat is key – where do calories fit in?
It’s a simple fact that calories do matter and whilst fat is the macronutrient with the most calories per gram – healthy dietary fat is both beneficial and necessary for the body. When a client moves from the typical low-fat Western diet to our nutritional programme the change is staggering. The typical outcomes are: normal sleep returns, energy levels sky rocket, libido increases, skin conditions miraculously clear up, testosterone levels increase and normal bodily hormonal functions return to baseline. Now contrary to what the paper from National Obesity Council calls for, I believe a balance of the macronutrients is key to good health. Removing or skewing the volume of any one of the 3 will result in a degradation in health. Yes you can exist but your performance will simply not be optimal. I don’t know about you but I am all about High Energy Living, just existing has never been a buzz for me.
Should I just eat plenty of fat?
The fact is that most people that do actively include fats into their diet are likely to be selecting the wrong ones and over indulging in specific types rather than varying their intake. E.g. Adding extra coconut oil to a diet which already has sufficient healthy fats present in it is not going to help you lose weight.
Achieving a balanced diet, including the correct ratios of: Protein / Fats and Carbs which places you in calorie deficit is the key to successful weight loss.
Why isn’t there a simple message?
The reality is that any food source needs to be considered as part of the overall full diet picture to assess whether a balanced intake of Protein / Fats and Carbs is being achieved. This is truly where the issue lies with these types of reports – without fully assessing someone’s diet it’s difficult to say whether x items containing fat are a good or bad idea. The only truly, clear-cut message, is to avoid processed man made trans fats at all costs. There is no place for these in your body.
Education is key
I would urge you to educate yourselves on the topic of macronutrients and specifically healthy dietary fats or better yet enroll onto the level 1 programme where there are specific lessons on the types of fats and how much you should be consuming.