The low fat craze has gotten so bad, we now even have low fat ice cream. I'm sure that the thought of it actually being mis-advertised has crossed your mind at least once. Is it really possible? You're going to find out in this article that although technically it is low fat, in reality it probably isn't. If you are worried about how much bad fats you are eating, then you need to understand how this works. It all boils down to how foods are actually integrated into your body.
Before I expand on this, you should first know what the low fat diet is all about. This diet tells you to eat low fat foods to avoid getting fat. Now the food manufacturers understand this, and so that's why we have a low fat version of everything. But many of them replace the fat with a huge amount of sugars and other refined carbohydrates to keep the taste.
Therefore, if you are following a low fat diet, you are probably eating a lot of refined carbohydrates.
So, what does that mean?
Refined carbohydrates are instantly converted to glucose (which is sugar) so that your body can use it. The glucose gets dumped into your blood stream, so that your blood can take it to all parts of your body, to ensure it will always have the energy to keep functioning. Now, if you don't need this energy right now, your body stores it as glycogen in your muscles. If all of your glycogen stores are already full, then it is stored as fat!
I hope you understood that. Let me rephrase it to be sure.
If you eat a lot of refined carbohydrates, it will eventually turn to fat if you eat more than you need. Unless you are very active, and make use of your glycogen stores, you don't need refined carbohydrates. Even if you are active, you would have refined carbs very selectively, like for example after you've just finished an intense workout.
So although you may be eating what's called a 'low fat' food, it is really anything but low fat.
Now the main exception to this is low fat milk, low fat cheese or low fat natural yogurt. These usually don't have refined sugar. Most of the other types of 'low fat' foods though are full of it.
The worst thing about these refined carbohydrates are that they are very addictive. If you study the role of insulin in your body, you'll realize that your body starts craving for these high sugar foods, often when you aren't even hungry. It's a vicious cycle you want to stay away from. It's a cycle that most obese and overweight people are right in the middle of. There are also other effects of eating too many refined carbs. These include unstable energy levels, mood swings, headaches and onset of life threatening diseases such as heart disease.
If you have understood this article, you'll immediately realize that trying to eat low fat to lose weight is a self defeating exercise. It won't improve your body or your health. What you eat is as, if not more important as how much you eat.
So next time you go shopping and you see the "Low Fat" sign on the food, make sure you check the ingredients label to see how much sugar and carbs are in it. Now you know that excess refined carbs are pretty much the same thing as fat, you'll be able to see right through the sneaky companies that try and trick you with this.