The universal advice to opt for low-fat diets suggests that these regimes lead to less fat gain. This belief, propagated by governments and educational institutions since the 70s, isn't entirely accurate.
The low-fat diet trend led us to consume a plethora of processed, low-fat foods. These meals, while low in fat, didn't satiate our hunger. Let's say you start your day with a low-fat breakfast. This meal can cause an insulin and blood sugar spike, prompting your body to store the refined carbohydrates from your food as fat. Within a few hours, hunger pangs strike again and you might reach for a low-fat muffin. Despite being low-fat, your body stores the calories from these carbohydrates and grains as fat. This cycle of consuming processed, low-fat foods and storing them as fat is a significant contributor to the obesity epidemic.
In addition to the low-fat diet trend, calorie tracking became a popular weight management strategy. The idea was simple: keep track of the calories you consume and the calories you burn. If you can balance your caloric intake and expenditure, you're on your way to losing weight, right?
Unfortunately, this approach isn't as effective as it seems. Studies have shown that our bodies tend to burn fewer calories when we consume fewer calories. Therefore, even though you're eating a calorie-restricted diet, your body compensates by burning fewer calories, making weight loss difficult.
This brings us to another question: if consuming fewer calories leads to burning fewer calories, how does fasting impact our bodies? Are we still burning fewer calories during a fast, even though we're consuming significantly fewer calories?
Different experts offer varying explanations and theories. The field of nutrition is complex, and sometimes, contradictory. Despite the lack of a concrete, universally accepted answer, one thing is clear: Nutrition is a significant aspect of our lives as it directly affects our health and wellbeing. We all need to eat and live, and understanding these concepts can help us make informed decisions about our diets.
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