Clothing, music, hairstyles and home decor are just a few examples of things that fall victim to the sands of time and are subject to popular opinion. What is favored one day will fall by the wayside the next, and while this practice is common enough among many aspects of life, perhaps none happen as often or have the potential for greater impact on our lives than that of the fad diet.
What would make a person want to go on a diet? While the reasons may be as varied as they are personal, for the most part, a person will begin a diet for one of two reasons. Either they have been told to by a doctor or medical professional to do so in order to improve their health, or, they are trying to lose weight; likely, for said personal reasons. While none of the above motivations to diet are inherently bad, as long as you follow a healthy diet, it is here that things get tricky. For there isn’t just “a diet” to go on, rather there are hundreds of diets that have all been promoted over the years and guarantee results. Needless to say, results may vary.
So what kind of diets have we seen over the years? Well, there was the Cabbage Soup diet which was designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. While this practice would help a person lose weight, in reality, it is all water weight and is actually universally frowned upon by the medical community for its lack of nutrients. However, this may be one of the least weird diets to come about.
There is Fruitarianism which is when, you guessed it, a person only eats fruit. There was the Bible Diet, which was based on the idea that certain foods are either forbidden (“unclean”) or acceptable (“clean”) to God. And let us not forget about Breatharianism, which consists of eating nothing at all. And while we could keep going with other odd diets including the Sleeping Beauty diet and the Tapeworm diet (not kidding), for the most part, regardless of what the diet is, the normally have one thing in common – fat is the enemy. And while this a common truth among diets, the reality is that all fat is not created equally. In fact, some fats your body needs more than others.
Dietary fat, or as it is sometimes called, “essential fat,” is needed in order for our bodies to lose weight and function properly. When our diets contain the right kinds of fats, it helps to increase satiety, maximize your metabolism, protect against heart disease, speed nutrients through your body, and improve your fat-soluble vitamin uptake. On top of that, most unprocessed, high-fat foods also come packaged with many of those important nutrients, from vitamins and minerals to free-radical fighting antioxidants.
According to the editors of Eat This, Not That!, “the fact that many Americans still haven’t shaken off the decades-long notion that fat—and particularly saturated fat—is bad for you, isn’t even the biggest issue we face in adopting more fats into our diets. Many of us struggle to determine which fats we should be eating because the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (and nutrition labels) are both generalizing and misleading.”
So what can we do about it? Simple, just keep reading. For we have are well aware of the difficulties that can come with healthy eating, so in order to take some of the guesswork out of the equation, we have decided to go the professionals and have spoken to the doctors, dietitians and fitness experts in order to determine the best foods with the healthiest fats.
When it comes to cooking and food, for the most part, people know to avoid oils and their inherent association with “greasy” and “unhealthy” food; and it isn’t without its merit. However, some oils find themselves in a much better class than others in terms of health benefits.
Olive oil is packed with cancer-fighting polyphenols and heart-strengthening monounsaturated fats, including oleic acid. And in case you have your doubts, the benefits of these fats comes with some pretty strong backing.
A recent study from Obesity found that an olive-oil-rich diet resulted in higher levels of adiponectin than did a high-carb or high-protein diet. Adiponectin is a hormone responsible for breaking down fats in the body, and the more you have of it, the lower your BMI tends to be. Extra virgin olive oil may also increase blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety.