Debunking the Low Fat Myth


Remember when “low fat” started popping up on labels in the 90s? Suddenly you could buy all your guilty pleasures like cupcakes and potato chips with reduced, low, or no fat. Many people mentally made the connection: “Fat free equals good for me.” The American Heart Association touted the low-fat diet as the answer to preventing heart disease and living healthy.

Yet if you look around, has the population at large, pun intended, gotten healthier and leaner or more obese? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that currently 35.7 percent of all adults are obese.  Further, the idea that heart disease is caused by saturated fat has never been proved

The real problem? Sugar. While its true, fat grams pack more calories than carbs and proteins, replacing fat with sugars causes insulin spikes, which is what puts your body in fat- storage mode and leads to obesity.

So what can you do?

1 . Take Steps Back to Nature.  Eat less boxed and canned foods and more fresh and real food.

2. Be Careful What you Drink.  Energy drinks, sodas, and even fruit juices are packed with refined sugar.  Eat the fruit, don’t drink the juice.

3. Get Your Sugar-Fix from Nature.  Instead of buying candy fruit snacks, buy real blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.  

4. Eat Less Carbs, and MORE Fat. Eat less pastas and noodles, and get satiated by eating healthy fats like avocados, seeds, and nuts like almonds and cashews.

5. Ask: Would a Caveman Eat This? When in doubt, do a “caveman” test.  If a caveman couldn’t find what you are thinking of eating in nature, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

Start taking baby steps back to natural eating and watch as not only your weight, but also skin, energy, and overall health improves.

Trent Golden is a world-traveling writer, speaker, and coach on holistic health and spirituality who helps awaken, inspire, heal, and empower others. Visit

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