Fitness - FAQ: December 2012

4 Reasons Why Your Diets SHOULD NOT be FAT FREE!

When trying to lose weight, the first thing we focus on is our diet.

We take advice from everyone.Some of these advisers are still struggling to lose weight.Some of them have awesome success stories to tell.So after talking to about ten fifteen of them you become even more confused!

Some of them will tell you to eat only 500 calories per day!Another one will say "I was on a fat free diet and I lost 8 pounds in one week!Isn't that amazing?"

Yes.May be they are not lying.You can lose 8 pounds or even more in one week by eating only 500 calories per day.You can lose weight fast by eating a fat free diet.

But, What is the point of losing weight and getting in shape if you are not healthy after your weight loss program ? What if you are in shape and look gorgeous but you cannot run 20 meters to catch the bus.I can go on, but I think you understand what I'm saying.

Let's see why your diets SHOULDN'T BE FAT FREE!

1.Fat free diets might cause weight gain!
One gram of fat contains 9 calories, while one gram of carbohydrate contains 4 calories.
When we avoid fats completely, we have to eat more carbohydrates to fulfill our daily calorie requirements.
This can cause weight gain and to make matters worse, might lead to type 2 diabetes by developing an insulin resistance.

2.Fats are vital for good health.
Everyone knows fat act as an energy source.But there are some essential fatty acids that are required for some biological purposes as well.Therefore these fats are vital for your well being.

3.We cannot synthesize some fats in our bodies, so we have to include them in our diets.
Our body cannot produce alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) or linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and they are vital for our well being.

4.Some vitamins are only soluble in fats.
The body cannot absorb these fat soluble vitamins if you are on a fat free diet.These vitamins are very important nutrients as they are essential for the following biological functions.

Vitamin A

  • Vision
  • Immune function
  • reproduction
  • breast-feeding.
  • cellular communication
  • healthy skin
  • teeth
  • skeletal and soft tissue
  • mucus membranes

Vitamin D

  • absorption of calcium and phosphate
  • maintaining strong bones
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Prevents high blood pressure
  • Prevents cancer

Vitamin E

  • It's antioxidant properties are useful in many ways.

Vitamin K

  • Lack of Vitamin K deficiency can lead to excessive bleeding

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