Friday, September 21, 2012
I couldn't think of what else to call this post.
I was thinking of two types of fat: The kind that is on our bodies and the kind that is in our food. For those of you who have not heard this before, there seems to be a correlation between the two, the more fat we have in our diet as total percentage of calories the lower the percentage our body fat will ultimately be, in other words fat does not make us fat, it makes us leaner in most cases. I've known this for quite a while now.
Fat in our diet, especially saturated fat does not cause heart disease, either.
Still, even among people who have been eating low-carb diets there is often some hesitation to fully embrace a high-fat lifestyle. We have all been indoctrinated by the "low-fat is healthy" myth for so long that our emotions sometimes override our knowledge. I realized this today when I felt hungry between meals, which only happens very rarely any more. I had already eaten a frittata with lots of eggs, cheese and mushrooms and therefore thought I could not be hungry, after all eating low-carb and high-fat is supposed to keep this from happening. My mind was searching for something to eat that was not very high in calories. I ended up eating a tomato. Now there's nothing wrong with tomatoes, except it did not solve the problem of feeling hungry at all. It took me another hour and increasing hunger to realize that more fat would help more, especially since my body is just switching back to ketosis. So I compromised and had a cup of decaf with a lot of half-and half, and sure enough, 10 minutes later I was not hungry any more.