There’s currently a lot of debate surrounding diet plans that utilize fat as their primary mechanism of caloric intake. There is loads of research that supports the body breaking down to supply energy to the body in the absence of traditionally carbohydrate-heavy diets. The question is whether it is safe for the body to consume high-levels of fat and what implications that fat has for your overall health. To be very clear, fat is an essential part of healthy nutrition and we recommend eating healthy “good” fats like olive oil, nuts and salmon. Give us some butter on our sweet potatoes any day!
“As we now know, internal inflammation is one of the biggest factors that encourages weight gain and slows the metabolism.”
The issue at large is that while consumption of high levels of fat may encourage your body to use fat as energy, it still must be taken into consideration that too much of a good thing can have bad consequences. In a 2010 study by University of California physiologists, it was found that eating a high-fat diet plan is linked to changes in gut microbiota and the development of “low grade” systemic inflammation. As we now know, internal inflammation is one of the biggest factors that encourages weight gain and slows the metabolism. Additionally, changes in the bacterial landscape of the gut can mean that the body is not only absorbing nutrients poorly but failing to fully break down essential components of fat into energy and simply storing them instead.
“…high-fat diets may be affecting sleeping patterns which then disrupt many of the functions of the body”
A recent study has also found preliminary evidence of linkage between high-fat diets and potentially adverse impacts on circadian sleep rhythm. That means high-fat diets may be affecting sleeping patterns which can then disrupt many of the functions of the body. Poor sleep can lead to an overproduction of the hormone cortisol which encourages fat storage around the midsection and serves as just another reason not to overload on bacon simply because it is not carbohydrates.
Another interesting find of the study is that an energy-dense diet has an effect on the vagus nerve, which is responsible for controlling much of our digestive tract. Energy dense is simply another way of saying high calorie and includes items such as fast food, cheeseburgers, high-fat foods, processed foods, etc. These high-fat diets have been found to alter the communication between our vagus nerve and the digestive tract in a way that signals to the body to store more fat. The implications of these studies warrants more research but what is clear is that the digestive system is being altered in some way by consumption of fat that may have negative side effects on metabolism, fat storage, hormones and much more.
“Nutrition should not only be a proper balance of healthy foods, it must also seek to address factors such as inflammation, hormone imbalance and the complex interactions of the human body.”
The Diet Center Program is a proponent of the balanced approach to macronutrients with healthy levels of fat, carbohydrates and proteins. We believe all the food groups are great and choosing selections from every day foods is sustainable for keeping the weight off. In fact, studies support that diets with balanced levels of healthy fats not only decrease inflammation, they actually discourage fat storage. Nutrition should not only be a proper balance of healthy foods, it must also seek to address factors such as inflammation, hormone imbalance and the complex interactions of the human body. Our scientifically formulated nutraceutical-grade supplements such as our Herbal Formula II and AM/PM Weight Control Patch address many of these factors in order for clients to achieve their quickest and easiest weight loss for lasting results.