In the previous post, I discussed why counting calories is a counterproductive obsession. But let’s be clear; it is important to monitor your food intake, eliminate the intake of unhealthy foods (e.g., sugar and processed foods), restrict the intake of foods that are less nutrient dense (starchy foods like potatoes, rice, and certain grains), avoid food contaminated with toxins (chemicals and pesticides), avoid unhealthy fats (trans fats and hydrogenated oils), and enjoy a moderate amount of protein and healthy fats (e.g., avocado, coconut oil, flax, nuts, and seeds).
When eating this way, fat becomes the largest source of total calorie intake. And that is OKAY! In fact, more and more studies are identifying some surprising potential health benefits of low carb high [healthy] fat diets including weight loss, improvements in chronic diseases, such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes, even reduced frequency of epileptic seizures, and inhibition of malignant cell growth in cancer.1–4
So when I say “stop counting those calories,” I am encouraging you not to obsess over calories in general and especially calories affiliated with healthy fats (saturated fats). I also encourage you to keep your intake of carbs and unhealthy fats on a very tight leash. Not all carbs and fats are the same. Aim for quality fats and carbs, and you will be well on your way to becoming the healthiest you possible.
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Yours in health and well-being,
1. Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. Available at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/07/carb-loaded-diabetes.aspx?e_cid=20150207Z1_DNL_B_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150207Z1_DNL_B&et_cid=DM68795&et_rid=834323216.
2. Samaha FF, Iqbal N, Seshadri P, et al. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity. N Engl J Med 2003;348:2074–2081. Available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022637.
3. Schachter SC, Kossoff E, Sirven J. Ketogenic diet. Epilepsy Foundation 2014. Available at: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/dietary-therapies/ketogenic-diet.