The Death of the Low-Fat Diet

World Health Organisations are finally admitting they were wrong, that low-fat products and low-fat diets weren’t the answer to the rising obesity rates. Dietary fat wasn’t the cause – it was in fact refined carbohydrates, sugar and neglecting an extremely important macronutrient – FAT! Not only has it proven to be ineffective in losing body fat, it can also be fairly harmful with long-term side effects for a lot of people. Here are 4 ways the low-fat diet can harm your health:

  1. Elevated Triglycerides – The low-fat diet is very high in carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrates are turned into fats in the liver, which raise blood levels of triglycerides, an important cardiovascular risk factor.
  2. Lowered testosterone – Having low testosterone levels can lead to decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, depression, decreased libido – the list is endless.
  3. Discourages the consumption of healthy foods – Foods that are naturally high in saturated fat (eggs, red meat, coconuts) and cholesterol tend to be highly nutritious and perfectly healthy. The low-fat diet discourages consumption of these foods.
  4. Increased risk of heart disease – need I say more?