Forget everything you’ve ever heard about low-fat diets. Fat is essential to staying healthy. Find out what makes a good fat or a bad fat, it's pretty simple really.
Past populations have thrived on diets high in fat. The best known example is Greenland’s Inuit. They ate plenty of animal fats without heart disease. So when did we all get so worried about a little butter?
When fat comes from natural sources, and we don’t combine it with too many refined carbohydrates, we have no reason to fear it.
Most of us believe that carbs are the correct fuel for our bodies, in order to constantly ‘keep our blood sugar levels up’ so that we don’t pass out or starve. The truth is, our bodies are adaptable and we can also use the other macronutrients as fuel.
Fat is, let’s face it, delicious. But we’ve been associating it with unhealthy foods for many decades. So it’s hard to believe the thing we were taught to fear, truly is essential to our health. But over and over again, the science is showing that our fears were misplaced – lower carb, higher fat diets are winning out over traditional diets.1-2
While we have been led to believe our bodies need a constant supply of carbs and sugars in order to function. This goes against how our bodies evolved to work. At the extreme we can survive on just proteins and fats, with periods of starvation in between. Even athletes can perform on low carb diets.3