Even the healthiest among us want to lose weight, or at least avoid fat. The best way seems to just be controlling your appetite, right? The problem is, very few people know how to go about that. But how much thought could it possibly require?

What if the answer wasn’t eating less but eating better? What if the way to be less hungry and even lose weight is to eat more… fat?

The fallacy of “eat less fat, be less fat”

Why would you need to eat food with fat in it, anyway? There’s non-fat milk, low-fat cookies. The things you really want to be eating are usually available in “diet” form. Just eat those and avoid things like cottage cheese and avocados. In fact, dieting is pretty easy when you look at it like that.

However, anyone who is struggling with their appetite but thinking a low-fat, diet-food alternative will help them get control of their weight again (or even lose weight) is in for a rude-awakening. In fact, those same items are more likely to have higher amounts of sugar in them. That might not sound like a bad thing to someone trying to take the edge off their sweet tooth, but keep this in mind… sugar intake can lead to more hunger.

If you’re looking to lose weight and beat hunger, low-fat alternatives may not only be unsuccessful, it may have actually driven our nation’s rise towards obesity. The ultimate irony to our modern obsession with weight-loss, the answer to our question, “how have we gotten to be so fat?” may simply be that we sought to avoid fat to begin with. After all, obesity rates began skyrocketing in the late seventies… at the same time the campaign for low-fat alternatives began.

“I don’t worry about fat, I worry about calories”

Fair enough. Many people find weight loss simplicity in counting calories.

Fat is the most calorie-dense of nutrients. So, of course, if something has more fat it will have more calories. So if you eat things with fat in them, you’re going to hit your caloric limit sooner!

Sure. But fat plays its own role in nutrition. So to sidestep it in order to avoid a few extra calories is to miss out on a source of sustained energy for your body. While you want there to a deficit between how many calories you take in and how many you burn, being hungry…
 

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