Having a weight problem all my life I’m always on the lookout for a solution to controlling my weight that would suit me. So when I was handed a book by my daughter recently that she had been given to read, I was intrigued to see that it was all about not worrying about having fat in my diet.
Growing up on a dairy farm, there was a plentiful supply of fresh milk, cream, eggs, homemade butter, home cured meats, our own pork, chickens and beef, all slaughtered by my very hard working father.
So I had grown used to a rich diet, not to mention that my mother was a very good cook and we dined well on the fat of the land.
However as I grew older the diet demons reared their ugly head. I wasn’t a slim person by any means, however I was healthy.
But as dieting became a fashionable thing to do over the years, everyone seemed to get on the band wagon and produce diets books that were “guaranteed” to help you lose so much weight in a short space of time.
So I too got on the band wagon and tried several diets, some more expensive than others, but as I’m not a very patient person when it comes to trying to lose those extra kilos’, I failed at every attempt.
So after reading this book and researching some of the information that it contained, I came to the conclusion that the information in this book was simply what my life style was like, diet wise, when I was growing up. While I will never be a “Twiggy figure” I do want to be slimmer and healthy.
So I started to change my diet back to the type of foods that I had during my childhood. I am happy to report that I am having a reasonable amount of success with my weight loss and higher energy levels in the short time I have been allowing more fat into my diet.
Over the years the health experts have told us that fat in out diet makes us fat, causes heart disease and stroke. About 30 years ago we were all advised to reduce our intake of fatty foods from 40% to 30% and to swap saturated fats for margarine and polyunsaturated vegetable oils.
It is important to remember, however, that health recommendations come from organizations that are paid big money to promote their so called “advice”.
Some facts that most people aren’t aware of is that: You can eat as much fat as you want and never gain weight: You can eat as much saturated fats as you want and never gain weight: Saturated fats consumption does not cause heart disease.
There have been many studies show that the consumption of saturated fats actually protects us from heart disease. : Saturated fat does not affect our blood cholesterol levels: High levels of cholesterol do not put us at high risk for heart disease: In fact more than half the people with heart disease don’t have high cholesterol.
In addition low cholesterol is linked to depression, cancer and serious illness. Cholesterol is essential for healthy cell function, brain function and many other vital processes.
Research shows that cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of mammals: That your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat; This production increases when you eat only small amounts of cholesterol and decreases when you eat large amounts: It seem that most heart patients haven’t eaten more saturated fats than other people and that stroke patients have eaten less.: High cholesterol is not a risk factor for women.
There are many cholesterol lowering drugs on the market and it seems that they are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life; I have a friend who is on a pretty high dose of cholesterol lowering drug and he maintains that his memory is badly affected by this drug, but he is not keen to go off it s he is worried he will have a heart attack!
There are some who believe that we evolved to eat only plants and not animal products, and that a vegan diet is appropriate according to the human evolution. Our hunter gatherer ancestors have been studied extensively and found to be in excellent health.
When you really think about them, they didn’t have any modern conveniences like fridges to keep their food, so the only caught what they needed at the time and as they probably had to catch whatever they ate, they also gained plenty of exercise in the process of chasing down their food.
The fat content in their diet was between 28% to 58% scientists have discovered. As they usually only killed the fattest animals and ate the fattest pieces, their diet on the whole contained a lot of fat and very little carbohydrate was consumed In fact around 22-40 % as opposed to the modern western diet of more than 50% of calorie carbohydrates was consumed.
So fats are essential to good health. Quality natural fats like butter, coconut oil, animal fat and Omega-3 fats are essential for various reasons. Healthy cell-function is dependent on fat. Our cell membranes are full of saturated fat so when we don’t consume enough fat, the cell walls become soft and lose their integrity.
In my opinion butter is better to use, of course I am a little biased due to my upbringing. I fry some things in butter and don’t skimp on the use of it with vegetables and on bread. It is a great source of vitamin k2 which helps the body absorb minerals and also boosts the immune system by helping is absorb nutrients.
Coconut oil is also another healthy fat that is excellent to use in cooking. It may be an acquired taste for some but if you are able to use it for cooking; your cardiovascular system will love you for it. It is also used therapeutically for many different conditions with outstanding results. It assists with weight loss and helps burn excess body fat.
For a sample of a typical diet using fats: for breakfast try scrambled egg fried in butter with maybe a fried tomato, for lunch, a piece of chicken with salad in a wrap. Dessert may be a banana muffin with butter, and for dinner roast pork with the crackling and vegetables.
I have tried this way of eating and am happy to report I have more energy and I have lost weight as well. As I have only been trying this way of eating for a short time, I am unable to say if this will be a permanent solution for me, however all indications point to it being the solution I have been looking for, for years.
I never feel hungry and that dreaded time around 4pm is no longer an issue for me. So I think a sensible diet that contains fat and is well controlled is reasonably healthy, providing it is the saturated fat or “good fats” as the experts like to call it.