Where do I even start with this?
Do I assume you think that low fat is better than full fat?
Or do I assume that you know the truth?
Well the fact that you’re here reading a blog post titled 'is low fat better than full fat?' tells me you’re either unsure of which is the better option OR you know someone who’s unsure of which ones best and you’re checking this out before sending it over to them.
But before we get into the facts and figures about low fat vs full fat, let me just say this:
Eat broccoli and ONLY broccoli (A well-recognised superfood full of Vitamin C, Calcium, antioxidants and much much more health promoting stuff) and you’ll die of either vitamin and mineral deficiency or boredom, depending on your love of broccoli.
Broccoli: As part of a well-balanced diet = GOOD food.
Broccoli: On its own = BAD food
And that goes for anything, N. E. THING!
Cake, Wine, Chocolate, Cider, ANYTHING!
All of the above: On their own = Bad foods. As part of a well-balanced diet: Good foods (More for sanity than anything else).
So with all that said,
Let’s get into the low fat VS full fat debate.
Ask yourself this before continuing…
Q. What are my goals when it comes to my body and my health?
Peak performance for sport?
More confidence in day to day life?
Special occasion (Wedding, Holiday etc)?
Better relationship with food in general?
Because here’s the thing,
without knowing your WHAT and your WHY there’s no point going in to the HOW,
And that’s what I’m here for,
To give you the HOW.
So first of all (if you haven’t already) get absolutely clear on WHAT you want for your body and more importantly WHY you want that.
(Your why will come in handy if you ever lose motivation or will power while on your health and fitness and body transformation mission)
So without further ado and assuming you know your WHAT and WHY you want your WHAT when it comes to your body and your health let’s get into the facts and figures.
FACT: Low fat food (because food without fat or sugar tastes pretty horrible) very often contains either added sugar OR one of sugar’s friends (dextrose, sucrose, aspartame < He’s just an impostor that pretends to be sugar and although a lot of people are against aspartame there are mixed reviews on whether or not it will actually kill you, but today is neither the time or the place to go into that so let's continue).
FACT: Full fat foods very rarely contain added sugars (real or processed).
FACT: Sugar in the blood stream has been linked directly to diabetes (which can result in premature death, loss of limbs, fluctuating energy levels etc etc).
FACT: We(western world)’re consuming more sugar than ever before and we’re also heavier and unhealthier than ever before. (Just back in the 70's we were on average a stone lighter, and cereal WASN'T even invented then, bacon anyone?)
FACT: Regardless of what the government and television tell you, High fat diets are NOT responsible for increased cholesterol, heart disease, heart attacks etc. Not one independent study (ones that aren't funded by cereal companies) back up the claims that fat is responsible for the above ailments.
FACT: We CAN survive WITHOUT consuming sugar.
FACT: We CANNOT survive WITHOUT consuming fat.
FACT: Sugar IS as addictive as cocaine. (Google image search sugar and cocaine effects on the brain)
FACT: Fat will keep you feeling fuller for longer than sugar leading to less overall daily calorie consumption which means less likelihood of overeating leading to less likelihood of becoming overweight leading to less likelihood of developing diseases and illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, heart attacks etc etc.
FACT: Food companies know all of the above facts (it’s why a child's ready-made spaghetti bolognaise contains apple juice when you and I both know it doesn’t need to) and being a parent to 2 little ones there’s nothing more frustrating than your kid being willing to eat a processed spag bol and not willing to even go near your very own homemade one that you’ve spent hours over a hot stove preparing because you want what’s best for them.
Listen, I could go on for hours and hours fighting the corner of Full Fat, but neither you or I have time for that, we’re too busy.
However the research and information is out there, the jury is in and the verdict is simple:
If you value your health then choose the full fat EVERY TIME (more consistent energy levels, less risk of disease and illness, more likely to lose weight)
If you value addiction, disease, energy spikes and crashes, weight gain then choose the Low fat options.
But whatever you do, do not take anything I’ve said as gospel,
I’ve only been studying this for about 15 years and I’ve no way read every single bit of research on the matter so I might be wrong,
And the low fat (added sugars and chemicals) options might be better for you than the full fat options, maybe.
So here’s my plea,
Do your own research,
Read the food labels,
And never trust the government or anyone who has a hidden agenda (did I say that out loud?) in fact, you probably shouldn’t trust those who have a clear agenda either, you know what I’m on about, you read a great blog that is clearly very biased and then right at the bottom there is an advertisement for some kind of product or supplement that claims to be the answer to the problem they’ve just created in that very blog? Yes those, watch out for those, but you already do that because you’re a smart adult and I’m not here to rant and preach so I’ll end with this:
My opinion as I’ve said already is that Full Fat products are and always will be for the foreseeable future my choice and what I recommend to all of my clients because I value health and performance in life.
What you choose to put in your body (or your children’s bodies if you have them) is entirely up to you but please make those decisions based on your own values and goals in life and not on what an advert on TV tells you to do.
Said with love.
Matt - Your Body Confidence Coach
PS. If you wish to share this post around social media for those who aren't in the know and are killing themselves by filling themselves full of margarine and low fat yogurts etc etc then be my guest, sharing is caring after all. Who knows, you may even save a life :)