A High Fat Diet Could be the Key to Weight Loss
Fat is Not the Enemy
In 1992, the USDA introduced a food pyramid that changed the dietary beliefs of millions of Americans for decades. The USDA food pyramid, along with the World Health Organization, established nutritional guidelines for the population. The guidelines stated that 55-75% of your daily calorie consumption should come from carbohydrates. In the food pyramid, this is represented as 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pastas. During this time, a high fat diet was considered to be the cause of obesity, with the recommended calories from fat being 15-30%, while protein was only 10-15%. These recommendations went on to shape the diets and health of millions for decades.
According to “An Epidemic of Obesity: US. Obesity Trends,” in 1990, two years before the USDA released their nutritional recommendations for the U.S. population, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that less than 15% of adults were obese. Ten years later, the obesity rates more than doubled. A study published by the CDC that took place from 2011 to 2014 reported that 36.5% of adults in the U.S. were obese.
Is the USDA food pyramid to blame? While there are several factors that have contributed to obesity over the last two decades (such as a more sedentary lifestyle and stress), according to Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat, refined carbohydrates and sugars are the true perpetrator of weight gain. It is this overconsumption of carbohydrate-rich foods, many of which are also high in sugar, which leads to fat storage in the body. On the opposite end of the spectrum, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Mercola, shares that a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates can improve your health and help with fat loss, increased energy levels, and lowering inflammation.
The Keto Diet is Changing How You Think about Fat
Forget about the nutritional recommendation set by the USDA over 20 years ago. And although they have tried to improve their nutritional recommendations with My Plate, this guideline is still subjective. The My Plate guidelines are broken down into 5 food groups with carbohydrates in the form of fruits, vegetables, and grains making of 3 of the 5 groups. While many people will argue that you need carbs for energy, fat is actually the preferred choice of energy by the body.
The Keto Diet emphasizes a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates. By doing so, the body rewires itself to use fat, not carbohydrates, for energy. Healthy fats are the most efficient and cleanest form of energy that can be used by the body. Through a process called ketosis, your body produces ketone bodies from fat cells. This is the foundation of the ketogenic diet. While high carb diets have been linked to weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several other chronic illnesses, a high fat diet has actually been linked to a variety of health benefits; including weight loss, healthy blood pressure, brain health, and more.
Boost your High Fat Diet
Once your body begins to produces ketones and is in a state of ketosis, you will begin to use fat stores for energy and rewire your metabolism. However, before that can happen, there is a transition period where your body is retraining itself. During this time many individuals may have low energy levels, experience dizziness, and even digestive issues. There are several symptoms associated with starting any new diet and the keto diet isn’t any different. After all, your body has been relying on carbohydrates for years, so swapping its energy sources will take some time.
Keto 90 Lifestyle
Are you ready to let go of your carbohydrate dependency and start improving your overall health with a high fat diet? Start by learning more about Youngevity’s Keto 90 Program at ygybetterhealth.com. Plus, if you want to share the Keto 90 Lifestyle Philosophy with others, make sure to download our new Keto 90 booklet and share it with anyone interested in the keto diet! This informative booklet has everything from meal schedules to recipes to helpful tips! Take a look below!