Low-fat diets are often extremely low in cholesterol, which could actually be causing you to gain weight. Because the shocking truth about cholesterol is that it’s not bad for you! At least, not all cholesterol is bad for you.
Cholesterol plays a vital role in the daily function of your body. Manufactured by the liver, it is the central component of your hormones. Without enough cholesterol, your body won’t produce the hormones it needs to function at its peak. This can cause your metabolism to shut down. It can make you feel lethargic and depressed. And, it can put unnecessary stress on your immune system.
Because real talk – hormones do A LOT for your body. They are your body’s chemical messengers. If you don’t give your body the cholesterol it needs to make those vital hormones, you’re putting yourself at risk.
Why Are Low-Fat Diet’s Bad?
Not all fats are created equal. The Harvard School of Public Health broke fats down into three categories:
- Unsaturated Fat – Known as the “good” fat, unsaturated fat is found in vegetable based oils (like sunflower oil and olive oil), nuts, seeds, and fish.
- Trans Fat – Universally considered the “bad” fat, trans fat is often found in highly processed food. You can identify food with trans fat by looking for anything that says “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list.
- Saturated Fat – In comparison to trans fat, this isn’t nearly as bad. However, it still can pose some negative health issues, such as increased blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is found in foods such as red meat, butter, and cheese.
This issue with low-fat diets is two-fold. First, manufacturers often load low-fat foods with carbohydrates. They do so to counteract the flavor that the fat they’ve stripped provides. The carbohydrates help improve this diminished flavor. Additionally, many of these additives increase shelf life of products. Unfortunately, many of the things added to low-fat foods also affect your blood sugar levels. This can easily result in weight gain.
Second, stripping your body of the healthy fats it needs can interrupt your natural hormone production. This can slow down your metabolism, make you tired, and cause your body to store excess fat.
I Have a Healthy Diet, but Still Struggle
Even with the proper amount of nutrients and fat, your body’s hormone production can get out of whack. This is particularly true as you age. Hormone production can vary wildly, even from day-to-day. This can lead to intense mood swings, hot flashes, decreased energy, and weight gain.
You Can Treat Your Hormone Imbalance
A hormone imbalance isn’t just something you have to live with. You can naturally restore your hormone balance. Bioidentical hormones give you the ability to supplement the key hormones you need.
These prescriptions aren’t a “one size fits all” solution. They need to be carefully tailored to your needs. This is why at Tru Health we utilize laboratory testing and a detailed history to carefully tailor your treatment.
Naturopathic health care with compassionate integrative doctors who understand your unique medical needs.