I am a very health-conscious person and have studied and learned things over the year concerning health, weight loss, skin care, etc. However, I have also come across a lot of misinformation along the way that would lead me into the wrong direction time and time again.
About a year or two ago I watched a documentary that pretty much suggested that saturated fat was good for you and could help you lose weight. It scientifically explained that it was foods high in sugar that was causing the actual weight gain rather than fat itself, and that increasing your saturated fat intake would make you burn fat.
Now, I do still agree that when your sugar is high enough to trigger insulin, your body does go into something called “fat-storing mode” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s okay to just gorge on a bunch of saturated fat as long as you avoid sugars and high fructose corn syrup.
Of course, eating saturated fats is always better than eating foods that contain trans fat like hydrogenated oils, even canola oil. Trans fat is what actually clogs the arteries. Saturated fat causes you to gain weight by going into storage.
I could tell you now, from my experience of this myth that saturated fat did NOT help me lose weight. In fact, I think I might’ve even gained weight during that time, though it wasn’t extreme.
One day I decided to do some research which eventually leads me to hearing about the “raw vegan lifestyle” which I tried out a little bit. I didn’t go 100% raw but ate MORE raw fruits and vegetables and less meat, and I didn’t do it for the purpose of losing weight. I did it to see if it could improve my skin health.
After a good few weeks or so of doing this, I lost more weight! Then I began to wonder what I was doing wrong in the first place to make me keep the weight on to begin with. I also wanted further information on how to keep the weight off for good!
Out of curiosity, I looked up on YouTube “How I Lost Weight” and watched multiple videos of the success stories of others. The main two things I noticed they cut out of their diet were alcohol and fat. Some of them cut down their calories, (which in my opinion is unhealthy) but most of them don’t even count calories!
Other than the issue of weight and fat gain, there are other reasons I cut down on the saturated fat and may even eliminate it from my diet altogether in the future. Some are personal while others are from self-educated standpoints.
- Eating meat causes me to bloat and sometimes makes me sick.
- Saturated fat comes from foods that are acidic and therefore aren’t good for bone health among other things.
- There are healthier sources of fat out there, like monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.
Overall, I learned one valuable lesson; that we should all look at statistical evidence and life’s experiences rather than take advice from just anyone, even if they are an expert. You wouldn’t take advice on how to lose weight from an overweight nutritionist, would you?
I’m not saying necessarily that saturated fat is bad for you. I don’t have the evidence to support those claims, nor am I an expert. I can at least tell you, however, from my own experience that it is definitely NOT something you want to make the staple of your diet, especially if you’re trying to burn fat and lose weight.