After receiving a few comments on what eating good fats can do and why not adding good fats is a bad thing, I decided to do some more research and give you reason why you should add good fat to your diet:
- A zero fat or very low fat diet puts you into the starvation zone Low calories and skipping meals aren’t the only things that send you into “survival mode.” When dietary fat intake is reduced to less than 10% of total daily
calories, this also sets off the starvation alarm.
- A zero fat or very low fat diet causes large fluctuations in blood sugar. Fat slows down the release of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. When large amounts of simple and refined carbohydrates are eaten alone, they shoot rapidly into the bloodstream, creating a large spike in blood sugar.
- A zero fat or very low fat diet causes greater insulin release. When your blood sugar spikes, your pancreas releases a lot of insulin to bring blood sugar back down to normal. Moderate amounts of insulin are necessary (and
anabolic). Large amounts or insulin are lipogenic (cause fat storage) and anti-lipolyic (prevent fat release).
- A zero fat or very low fat diet causes hormonally related hunger and cravings. You can have more willpower than a celibate monk in the Playboy mansion, but if you get hormonally induced hunger, you won’t to be able to fight it. Whenever there’s an unusually large blood sugar spike, it’s a law of nature that there must be an equal or greater valley. This blood sugar valley, known as hypoglycemia, is the cause of those intense, almost irresistible cravings that send you frantically to the nearest Baskin Robbins or Krispy Kreme store.
- A zero or very low fat diet reduces testosterone Low dietary fat levels are correlated with low testosterone levels. For someone trying to become leaner and more muscular, this spells disaster.
- A zero or very low fat diet can be deficient in essential fatty acids. Clinical fatty acid deficiencies are rare, but if you intentionally try to remove most of the fat from your diet, you could come up short of the “optimal” levels. Essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency can impair fat burning, reduce your energy and cause a whole host
of other problems. You’ll learn more about EFA’s in upcoming sections.