Opposed to a low carb diet is the low fat diet. To begin with, if you are
still thinking in terms of a "diet" of any kind then you are in
trouble. Most people equate "low fat" with "low in
meats". Some people
turn to vegetarianism just to avoid meat. That in itself is problematic
because meats are not necessarily bad for your long term health.
Meat offers vitamins and minerals that are not provided by fruits and
vegetables. This fact should not be overlooked. If you don't eat meat you
may overeat the other foods just to fill your stomach. You may overdose on
carbs and sugars. You can continue eating a lot of fruits and veggies, of
course, and keep up your fiber at the same time.
This is the primary reason most people are miserable on low fat diets. The diets call for a certain amount of calories each day, but eating those calories with primarily carbohydrates leaves us feeling hungry and deprived. In order to eat enough to feel full and satisfied, we're tripling the amount of calories we should be eating. Sometimes we're even consuming five times or more than the daily amount that's appropriate for us.
So, we've established that fat is needed by the body but we need to know
that some sources of fat are not good. Omega-3 Fatty acids, for example,
provide a source of good fat. These acids are plentiful in fish. You
can also get Omega-3 Fatty acids in dietary supplements.
But watch out for the bad
fats called "trans fats." Keep these fats to a very low amount to
keep optimum health.
Unsaturated fats are needed
to maintain good health and great nutritional balance. Unsaturated fats will
also cut your hunger and help you eat less. This is good!
Since protein keeps your
energy alive and well throughout the day, eating the high quality fats in
meats is good good for you in small doses. A side effect is that this
routine will keep your weight at a healthy level.