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Does One Gain Weight from Eating Fat?

The idea of gaining weight from eating fat goes back to the failed “calories-in, calories-out” theory of dieting. One reason why fat became the culprit in weight gain is because it is more energy-dense than either protein or carbs.

There is more to weight than calories

There is much more to weight management than calories. We have learned a great deal about the hormonal effects associated with different foods. Fat intake in the U.S. has decreased over the last few decades. In the meantime, the consumption of carbohydrates — especially sugar, starches and processed foods — has become a mainstay in our diets. The decline of fat and rise of carbs has put our nation’s health in rising jeopardy.

Excess carbs and sugars are how we got here.

Since the widespread adoption of a high-carbohydrate diet, the health and weight of our population has significantly eroded. The pathway to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and numerous other chronic conditions we suffer from is a direct consequence of this dietary shift. A high-carb intake has disturbed our blood sugar and insulin balance, fostering weight gain, inflammation, and sugar addiction.

Fats are necessary, carbs are not

The fact is, we need fat in our diets. We do not require dietary carbohydrates. Fatty acids are an essential nutrient along with amino acids (proteins), and are needed for health. Where carbs drive hunger, fats encourage satiety which helps appetite control.

Dietary fats are not our enemies.

Dietary fats are needed to absorb fat soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. The healthy fats we are talking about are the natural fats that come with our foods. They include dairy, fats in our protein sources, along with olive and coconut oils.
A high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb plan allows you to access and burn those extra pounds while eating healthy, whole foods that control hunger and cravings.


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    Really nice advice thanks for sharing.

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    Sounds like good common sense advice, from a trusted source. Thank you for your life’s work, Ms. Eberstein.


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