It's logical to suppose that eating too much fat leads to excess body fat, but research now suggests that the secret to how to lose weight means eating more fat and less sugar. Here's how it works:
Following the publication in 1958 of Dr. Kay's Seven Countries Study showing a correlation between heart disease and a diet high in fats, we have been told that eating fat is the root cause of high cholesterol, heart attack and obesity. Since then, advice on how to lose weight has focused heavily on cutting out fats with low-fat diets.
It’s important to recognize that not all fats are the same. While saturated and trans fats may cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arterial wall lining) and higher cholesterol levels, eating healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) can actually improve heart health, lower cholesterol and help boost weight loss.
MUFA fats are sourced from vegetables rather than meat and dairy products. They are found in olive oil, avocados and macadamia nuts as well as in salmon, trout and other vegetable oils.
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How to Lose Weight with MUFAs
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that those who ate a low-carb protein diet with high MUFAs lost an average of 13.6 pounds compared to 7.5 pounds in those who adopted a low-fat diet. It seems that eating the right type of fats can result in 80% more weight loss than cutting out fat from the diet altogether.
This principle was born out by the Atkins diet which advocated fueling the body with protein and fats rather than carbohydrates. Dr. Atkins argued that eating sugar and carbohydrates leads to sugar spikes causing cravings. The ensuing insulin surge to counter the high blood sugar levels then causes sugar lows, making dieters feel fatigued and lacking energy. Dieters that ate less fat tended to eat more sugars and carbohydrates and any excess is turned into fat for storage, countering any weight loss. Dr. Atkins' research into how to lose weight led to banishing most carbs from the diet and sourcing energy by burning fat, both consumed in the diet and stored as body fat.
Clinical studies showed that eating this type of low-carb diet reduced hunger and cravings, regulated blood sugar levels and resulted in faster overall weight loss.
Studies now show that the secret to how to lose weight healthily and successfully is eating less sugar and less carbs and consuming of those healthy fatty acids. Why not give it a try? After all, what do you have to lose except a few pounds!