I keep seeing posts on Facebook that keep touting low-fat as the way to be healthy and lose weight. It drives me nuts. I can’t believe people still believe this poorly-conceived diet as being actually good for you.
I’ve been living low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) for over two and a half years now, and I’m healthier than I’ve been in the past 30 years. Seriously. My blood test results are the best they’ve been in decades, and I’ve reversed some pretty serious weight-related health issues just by changing my diet. I will say that again for those who didn’t let that sink in the first time: To get healthy and lose weight, all I did was change my diet.
The diet I chose is low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) in the forms of Whole30, Paleo, and now Keto. These diets have led me to be not only healthy, but able to sustain that health in a way that allows me to eat delicious foods, to remain sated and avoid snacks between meals, and to keep my body healthy in a way that is verifiable through blood tests, stress tests, and my appearance.
Low-fat was the worst thing I ever tried, and I was never able to keep any weight off. I was constantly hungry, constantly unhappy with the food I was eating, and eventually broke the diet and ate so much that I gained back any weight I lost plus at least 5-15 lbs. Every single time, and without exception, every low-fat diet I undertook ended in miserable failure.
There are many diets out there, and people have shown success with just about all of them, but in the long-term, in my personal opinion, LCHF diets are the easiest to maintain, sustain, and stick with as a lifestyle. If the experience my wife and I have had with them is any indication, it’s a lifestyle that opens the door to good health, low weight, and even just generally feeling better overall. Even sleep is better on a LCHF diet.
Stop trying to do low-fat. It’s bad for you, and it doesn’t work. There are people who lose weight despite doing low-fat diets, but I’m fairly certain they had to do something other than just low-fat to succeed; either Calories-in/Calories-out (CICO) or some other form of deprivation. I didn’t have to deprive myself of anything, and on Paleo, I eat until I’m full. On Keto, I have to count macros and be more careful, but the food has been incredibly filling, and I’m never hungry between meals. Oh, and I’m losing weight daily without suffering. Try that on low-fat. If you dare.