Bring Back the Butter!!!
There is no evidence that a diet high in fat causes weight gain. Neither is it responsible for heart disease.
Back in the 1950s Dr. Ancel Keys identified a correlation between diets high in saturated fat and incidence of heart disease. But as we all know, correlation does not mean causation. Apparently there is a strong correlation between US spending on science, space and technology with deaths by strangulation, hanging and suffocation.
More recently we’ve learned through multiple studies over the decades that there is in fact no causative link between saturated fat and heart disease or obesity. Lowering saturated fat in the diet can reduce total cholesterol but it is the HDL (high density lipoprotein) particles that reduce and these are not linked with heart disease.
It is by now glaringly obvious that low fat diets have not helped our population get slim. They typically involve a higher carbohydrate intake, especially high sugars and starches, that increase triglyceride levels, fat storage and have adverse effect on heart health.
The quality of the fats you consume is more important than the amount. Fats communicate with our genes via binding to receptors on the nucleus of our cells.
Some fats, like trans fats and polyunsaturated, industrial seed oils like canola oil, or animal fats from ‘feed lot’ animals, send the signal turn off your fat burning genes and make it hard to lose weight.
Other healthy fats, like omega 3s from fish, monounsaturated fats like olive oil, and saturated fats like coconut oil and animal fat from healthy, pastured animals, turn on genes that increase your metabolism, help you burn fat and make you more insulin sensitive.
So, if you want to lose weight, put down that non-fat milk and enjoy a whole milk latte!
If you need help making dietary changes to help you lose weight and keep your heart healthy and manage your blood lipids we’d be happy to help, so get in touch.