low-fat diet foodIt’s still a common misconception that a low-fat diet aids, and even enables, weight loss. If, however, your intake of sugar, including artificial sugar such as aspartame, is high then no amount of low-fat ‘dieting’ will lead to a drop in your weight.

The food industry is still peddling this myth by selling low-fat weight loss food products that are, in fact, loaded with sugar.

One very well-known brand of ‘weight loss’ yogurt contains fruit, although in a very small amount, and the fruit already provides natural sugars in the form of fructose. The other ingredients include ‘added sugar’ and ‘aspartame’ which is known to be about 200 times sweeter than refined sugar.

Another very well-known brand of fruit yogurt that I used to eat contains glucose-fructose syrup. I’ve also seen glucose-fructose syrup listed in some supermarket brands of pre-packed sushi. This is a type of additive sweetener that should be avoided at all costs as it provides a huge and unnecessary hit of sugar to your liver that will most likely end up being stored in your body as fat.

Eating either of those pots of yogurt, and the sushi, will feed your sugar addiction leaving you craving more so you eat more. The result will be that you never, ever lose weight no matter how hard you try. This is why so many people who consume factory processed low-fat products end up struggling to lose weight, depressed it isn’t happening and then give up.

One solution is to choose good food replacements and swap out your sugar-loaded low-fat products with natural food products. For example choose a pot of plain, unsweetened yogurt and add a handful of fruit to it such as berries or mango.

Get into the habit of reading and understanding your food labels so you can confidently choose food products that are low in sugar as well as fat. Bear in mind that meat, fish and dairy foods contain naturally occurring fats which provide your body with essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are necessary for it to function properly. Omega 3, for example, is a type of EFA found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel that’s essential for brain and nerve tissue function.

Be conscious and aware of how much saturated fat, found in animal derived foods such as butter, lard, cheese and meat fat, you’re consuming and limit your intake of these each day. Avoid trans fats as much as you can as these are highly processed and found in fried foods such as chips and doughnuts as well as junk food such as ready-made pies, pizza and some brands of margarine, usually listed in the ingredients as ‘hydrogenated oils’.

The very first step to eating and living healthier is having conscious awareness of exactly what you’re eating and what impact it will have on your body.

If you want guidance on swapping your low-fat food products for healthier alternatives come along to one of our workshops or get in touch to book an initial FREE 15 minute consultation.