Obesity and fat was interchangeably used in general conversation until people suffering from obesity was fat shamed, this helped in shaping a trend of fat free products in the market backed by nutritionists. The U.S. Department of Agriculture studied a 7% reduction in the calories and intake of saturated fat. Obesity continues to remain rampant despite the reduction in calorie intake. Clearly cutting back on fat didn’t help in losing weight so dietitians then decided to look into another approach,
- Following the Heart
The American Heart Association recommended a diet, low in fat and high in carbohydrates, that contrary to popular belief actually increases the risk of getting a coronary heart disease. In general sense the belief that a low fat diet can help one fit into a swimsuit or a wedding dress was believable, but who accounts for the LDL or bad cholesterol that could clog the arteries? Reducing the total fat from the diet could also diminish the HDL or good cholesterol from the body which is known to remove LDL from the bloodstream. Harvard School of Public Health then studied how this diet raises the triglycerides ensuing an unhealthy heart.
- Fat Renaissance
Artificial fats and plant-based trans fat was hyped up in the market, considering that they’re healthier than fat produced naturally. The millennials found this idea to be flawed and chose to embrace classic ingredients such as butter, coconut oil, olive oil and saturated fats from animals. Surprisingly the consumption of these healthy fats showed a massive improvement in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and good HDI cholesterol levels. The fat renaissance also opened the world to naturally high fat foods like full fat diary, nuts and avocados.
- Burning Fat
Always back the diet with a good workout, the routine must ensure a clean breakdown of fat and burn calories gradually. Create a mix of high and low carbohydrates to confuse the body enough to increase the metabolism and back it up with fish, nuts, omega-3 rich foods. In addition to a high fat diet, try to gradually increase the protein intake with foods like chicken cottage cheese and mutton through smaller meals throughout the day. High intensity interval training will work wonders if there is still a plan to take shortcuts in weight reduction.
As experts continue to argue between low fat and full fat diets, everyone must take a moment to assess the overall health of their bodies. Anyone who suffered a cardiovascular disease should ideally chose the strict diet with low fat and tasteless food that could help unclog their arteries. It’s also necessary to understand that only people who are motivated by a heart attack in the past could follow such a strict diet. The rest fortunately have the power and health to try out diets that could change their lives for the better.