I am not a fan of the Atkins’ and other such low-carbohydrate/high-protein/high-fat diets. It’s not that they don’t assist people to lose weight. They do. Within 48 hours of virtually eliminating carbohydrates from the diet, the body starts to burn fat for fuel, which causes all sorts of metabolic changes, including weight loss. Unfortunately, these changes also include other undesirable effects that become more pronounced as time goes on.
That’s especially true if you eat a diet high in animal fat. Such diets contribute to cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Ideally, fat consumption should amount to no more than 30% of your total calories. And remember that fat is a calorie-dense food. Gram for gram, fat packs more than twice as many calories as either carbohydrates or protein. So you don’t have to eat a lot of fat to get a lot of calories.
This is a concern for anyone, not just for those who may be trying to live primarily on protein and fat. Too much fat is bad news for anyone’s health. A recent study of Japanese men confirms that when they switch to a higher fat/lower soy diet, for example by moving to the United States, they end up with the same incidence of prostate cancer as other men eating the same diet. These things are nutritionally rather than culturally based. If you want to live a longer, healthier, and happier life, it behooves you to eat less fat.
Coaching Inquiries: How much fat do you eat? Do you eat healthy fats, or fats that kill? How could you become more aware of exactly what you are eating?
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