Are you overweight? Have you struggled with weight-loss diets without lasting success? If so, you are one of the millions of people who have struggled to lose weight with low-fat dieting and failed.
Chances are the reason you are overweight is because you aren’t eating enough fat.
Yes, you read that correctly. The reason you may have a weight problem is because you don’t eat enough fat. We eat less fat now than ever before. In the past, people ate whole milk, butter, and eggs, and relished in the fat in meats. Everything was cooked in lard and butter. Nowadays we avoid fats like a plague. Grocery store shelves are filled to the brim with low fat, non-fat, and low-calorie foods of every make and fashion. Restaurants, too, offer a variety of low-fat meals. Over the past 30 years fat consumption has decreased by 11 percent. Despite the fact that fat intake has decreased, we are heavier than ever before. Nearly 60 percent of Americans are now overweight. Thirty-one percent are obese; this is double the percentage of two decades ago. Even our children are getting fatter. Among young people, 15 percent of those ages 6 to 19 are seriously overweight. That’s nearly 9million, triple the number in 1980. Since the low-fat craze began in the 1970s, we have been growing bigger and bigger. Those who reduce their fat intake the most and eat the least seem to have the hardest time losing weight. Haven’t you known slender people who gorge themselves on rich, fatty foods yet never seem to gain weight? You, on the other hand, eat a low-fat lettuce salad and gain 5 pounds—or so it seems.
The simple truth is that low-fat diets don’t work—not permanently. You can lose weight on them if you starve yourself. You’re hungry and miserable the whole time. In order to keep the weight off you must continue to limit what you eat and go hungry. Few people are willing to live a life of constant discomfort. For this reason, low-fat dieting is difficult to maintain for any length of time. Consequently, most people eventually revert back to old eating habits. When they do, the weight comes back.
Research has shown that those who get an adequate amount of fat in their diets generally eat less than those who try to reduce fat intake.
The appetite-suppressing effect of fat has been shown in many studies.
For example, in one study, a group of women were given a mid-morning yogurt snack and then later served lunch and dinner. There were two choices of yogurt. One was regular full-fat and the other was low-fat. Each was labeled, but there was no mention of total calorie content. Each, however, contained the same number of calories. The only difference was the fat content. Participants were allowed to choose whichever one they wanted. When the women were later served lunch, those who had the high-fat yogurt ate less than those who ate the low-fat variety. The extra fat in the yogurt snack satisfied their hunger longer and encouraged them to eat less at lunch.
Researchers also wanted to learn if those who ate less at lunch would eventually make up for it at dinner. But at dinner the ones who ate the high-fat yogurt and less food at lunch didn’t eat any more than the others. They weren’t any hungrier for eating less at lunch. So at the end of the day those women who ate the high-fat yogurt ended up consuming fewer total calories than those who ate the low-fat snack.
While all fats suppress appetite, some are much better than others as aids in weight loss.
One of the reasons why coconut oil is effective in reducing body fat and reducing weight is because it contains fewer calories than any other fat.
Studies have shown that MCTs boost metabolism, thus increasing the body’s use of calories.
Coconut oil helps to decrease total food and calorie consumption.
Sticking to a strict weight loss diet has it challenges.
Studies have shown that when oils containing MCTs are used in place of other fats in the diet, people can lose as much as 36 pounds a year even when total calorie consumption remains the same!
Simply changing the type of oil used in food preparation can bring about a dramatic reduction in body fat and weight without changing the way you eat or the amount you consume. I see this happen all the time. When people switch from using vegetable oils to coconut oil they lose excess body fat without even dieting. Changing the type of oil you use in meal preparation is a simple step you can take to lose weight.
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