Cholesterol myths debunked
One of the biggest misconceptions for years, out there is that cholesterol is “bad”.
Weight loss is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many benefits of living the ‘Keto life’.
A lot of people go through numerous different treatments and FAD diets to lose weight, all in vain. The problem is that these diets and ‘quick hacks’ are all hear-say and sound good in theory, but there’s no science to back it. Diets are still manageable, but people go to the extent of slimming belts and even liposuction to get rid of their stubborn fat without realising that it is their diet that’s lacking a scientific touch.
‘Fat’ is often seen as the enemy and people have this false premise that eating fat=getting fat. What happens as a result? People tend to shift towards a ‘low fat’ diet and cut down carbs drastically too. They end up feeling lethargic, tired and can’t give their 100% in training because the body has no fuel to function. Not only that, but a low fat diet also hampers your metabolism and slows it down. Whereas, low carbohydrates high fat diets have shown magnificent result on fat loss, without major reduction in muscle mass.
A Low carb high fat (LCHF) is a high-fat, moderate-protein, very low-carbohydrate diet where 80% of your calories comes from fat, 20% calories from protein and <5% from carbohydrates.
This form of a Ketogenic diet has become quite popular since a decade because of tremendous results in fat loss, but the benefit of fat loss on a ketogenic diet is just like a cherry on top. Fat is a better fuel for your body than glucose derived from carbohydrates, which makes it an absolute blessing with many benefits to the human body.
Fat was always portrayed as a villain but the numbers have a different story to tell.
According to American guidelines, Dietary fat had to be less than 15% of your total calories, but carbohydrates were consumed to an extent of 70-80%, which got converted to body fat, thus leading to series of health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity etc. There was a myth that higher consumption of saturated fat lead to higher CVD disorders. But after 4 decades, finally at APICON 2018, which is highly reclaimed physician’s conference in Feb 2018, the myth has been busted.
Renowned Cardiologists concluded that all fats are not bad. Yes you heard it right! Fat is a very important macronutrient and saturated fat consumption is not a harm. The new guidelines have removed the ban on cholesterol containing natural foods.
Fat is an important component in our diet. It is very important for human growth and development. It works as an important part in many physiological functions like providing energy, assisting with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, K) and maintaining healthy skin and cell membrane structure. Fats insulate us and protect our vital organs.
They act as messengers, helping proteins do their jobs. They also start chemical reactions that help control growth, immune function, reproduction and other aspects of basic metabolism.
A person following a LCHF diet definitely improves the body vitals. We’ll shed more light on the many benefits of the Keto life in our next article. Stay tuned!