Reducing fats and carbs

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It's not just about the fat.

Typically, a weight-reducing diet plan tends to be thought of as a low-fat diet. But this reasoning needs to be reconsidered by many people.

Because it is fat that we trying to lose when we diet, it seems logical that the fat that we eat should be reduced.

But many people find that this doesn't necessarily work. Now, the reality is that the body needs fat, especially the brain.

But some fats are unhealthy in excess but almost essential in moderation. Too much animal fat in the diet carries risks when it comes to certain cancers, such as breast and bowel cancers, and of course, saturated fats - most common in animal products - raises risks from heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels.

But dietary fat is not necessarily equal to body fat. Most body fat is created in the body from carbohydrates, not fats.

This is one reason why carbohydrate-free diets such as the Atkins diet are successful (but not necessarily healthy) when it comes to weight loss. By eliminating the carbohydrate, the body starts to burn up its own fat for energy.

Diets such as the Atkins are not "balanced" diets, and whilst effective in the short term, are not reasonable for long term nutrition. they do however illustrate the point, that to lose weight, you need to not only reduce the amount of dietary [animal] fats but also reduce the number of simple carbohydrates (pasta, sugar, flour, rice) and instead increase the number of complex carbohydrates instead - lentils, pulses, whole grains and beans.


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