Low Fat Diets

Written by Patricia Skinner
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For years the diet gurus were touting low fat diets as the only way to lose weight and keep it off. Fortunately we all now know better. Very low fat diets over long periods of time will not only fail to keep you as thin as you would like, but they could pose a very serious health risk.

The hormones that regulate all of our body functions rely on quality fats in the diet. If those fats are not available, it's true that to begin with the body will use its only fat stores for the purpose. But this is only effective to a certain extent. Those fat stores, in a typical scenario, will have already been depleted of the substances that are used for complex biochemical processes. Eventually, when the low fat program is kept up persistently, the body runs out of the necessary raw materials for even the most vital functions.

Dangers of Low Fat Diets

When this happens, the skin will begin to lose its elasticity, the hair will begin to look lackluster, and chronic tiredness will set in. Because brain functions also rely on hormones that are made from fats and oils, you may find that your memory is not what it once was. The production of sex hormones will grind to a halt at some point if fats are inadequate, and this could even cause the cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle. Low fat diets are indeed dangerous.

Because it makes sense to eat fats in moderation, it is important to make sure that the fats that are included in your daily diet are of a quality that your body can use. Processed fats and oils, such as manufactured corn oil and solid vegetable oil shortening are some of the most damaging substances we eat today due to the creation of trans fatty acids during the manufacturing process. Oils that your body can use to produce vibrant health include fresh butter, olive oil and any cold pressed vegetable oil. Cold pressed is key. If heat processes are used in oil extraction, trans fatty acids will be present, and they should be avoided at all costs.


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