We’ve been so brainwashed to believe that low-fat diets are optimal for health and weight loss that no matter how much proof there is to the contrary, people still tell me things like:
“I had some salad dressing, but it’s ok because it was low-fat”
“Don’t worry, I bought the low-fat greek yogurt”
“Oh, and I NEVER eat red meat because of the saturated fat”
Yes, some fats are actually detrimental to your health.
These would be trans fats in processed foods (there actually are healthy trans fats found in some animal meat, but we won’t get into that today…).
You also want to limit how many Omega-6 fatty acids you eat – a form of polyunsaturated fat found in high amounts in most common vegetable oils like canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil.
Not necessarily because they’re bad, but because we get SO many in our diets already without even realizing it that it’s becoming dangerous.
Conversely, we don’t get NEARLY enough Omega-3 fatty acids – another form of polyunsaturated fat found in high amounts in most wild caught fish, 100% grass-fed beef and eggs.
The optimal balance of Omega-6:Omega-3 fats is around 3:1.
So, for every 3 grams of Omega-6 you should be getting 1 gram of Omega-3.
In a standard western, North American diet, we’re around 20:1. That’s a big problem and one (of many) causes of increased inflammation in your body along with increased risk of heart disease.
But what about saturated fat?
That surely is dangerous, right?
In Video #2 of the Truth About Eating For Fat Loss video series you’ll see a massive meta-analysis (i.e. review of many, many studies) that compared 350,000 participants over 5-23 years of follow up to get the truth on saturated fat and heart disease.
You’ll also see some more studies comparing low-fat diets and moderate/high-fat diets for overall weight loss, actual FAT loss and actually maintaining the diet long term.
The results might surprise you…
Stay tuned for Video #3 – and your big surprise! – coming up next week!