If you keep up with health crazes and nutritional fads, you’ve probably heard of the keto diet. Rich in fats, low in carbs, this diet is said to be the most sustainable way to lose weight quickly. But most people are shocked to learn that it’s possible to lose weight when eating so many fatty foods. Guess what? Fatty foods don’t actually make you fat! Keep reading to learn why, and to learn more about the nutritional facts that you’ve been lied to throughout your life.
First, it should be mentioned that the type of fat consumed matters. If all you are doing is eating heavy foods like butter or chocolate you probably aren’t going to lose much weight. However, if you fill your diet with healthy fats like avocados, nuts, lean meats, and olives you’ll have more success. It all comes down to the fact that fats are processed much differently in the body. When carbs are digested, it causes a massive energy spike, whereas fats take longer to digest so there is no spike.
It’s been said that eating a lot of protein can cause calcium excretion and damage your bones. While that can happen in the long term, eating lots of protein in the short term produces an opposite effect. In fact, eating lots of protein can help bone density and muscle strength in older individuals.
The myth that eggs are bad for you and cause health disease has also been going around over the last few years, but it’s really not more than a myth. But in reality, while eggs are high in cholesterol, they raise the GOOD cholesterol instead of the BAD cholesterol. They’re also full of vitamins, minerals, and other goodies that protect the eyes from damage.
So long as you are eating unprocessed red meats, there are no health problems associated with the food at all. In fact, the reports of type 2 diabetes and heart disease being linked with meat are usually linked with treated meats instead of those that are untreated. Untreated meat is just fine, and it’s loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. Of course, the mass production of red meat is said to be damaging to the environment, but that’s a whole other conversation!