So after reading Insulin Resistance Diet, you should now hopefully understand why eating a high fat diet can result in incredible amounts of weight loss. What you should also understand however is that the fat should be eaten in isolation with protein, and the introduction in anything but trace amounts of carbohydrates will result in weight gain.
So what should you eat if you want to lose weight by eating a High Fat Diet?
The most important component is, you guessed it, FAT. Now you may be thinking this is great, I can eat all the ice cream and cakes I want. ABSOLUTELY NOT! Most of those beautiful fatty foods that we all crave contain a mixture of fat and carbohydrate. If you are unsure, look at the nutritional value table on the packet. Anything more than a few grams of carbohydrates per 100g is too much.
As important as fat is protein. The high fat diet does not mean 100% fat. It means lots of fat and even more protein (If you want to know more about food composition, read What’s In My Food). So any food that is based primarily on fat and protein is suitable. It is also useful at this point to note that eating a high fat diet isn’t all that bad for your cholesterol, so you can go ahead guilt free.
So now you will be wanting a list of foods that you can eat on the high fat diet. I will list some foods here to enable you to get an idea of the foods you should be eating, but ultimately you need to learn for yourself by reading the nutritional labels.
- Oils and Butters – Coconut or canola oil for cooking, olive oil for drizzling on foods, butter whenever you like
- Meat – Fatty meat and lean meats are fine – Unprocessed meats do not contain carbohydrate, but once processed (eg sausages or burgers) they do
- Eggs – These are made up of protein and fat only – so can be eaten in unlimited quantities
- Nuts – small amounts can be used as snacks – avoid cashews as they contain a higher percentage of carbohydrates. Nut butters can be easily made at home and are excellent as a dip.
- Avocados and coconuts are high in fat and can be eaten in moderate amounts
- Vegetables – aim for low carbohydrate vegetables such as celery, lettuce, rocket and avoid high sugar ones such as carrots. If it tastes sweet, it has carbohydrate
- Cheese – The higher the fat content the better
Foods to Avoid At All costs in the High Fat Diet
- Potatoes, sweet potato, parsnips
- Processed meats
- Fruit (maximum one piece per day)
- Ready meals, pies, chips
- Cakes, cookies, muffins
So after reading these lists you hopefully understand that the high fat diet is not as easy as it initially sounds. You can eat all the meat fried in oil you like, but all those sides that you are used to eating them with are out. Also I cannot emphasies the importance of either following the diet or not. You cannot pick and choose, as adding the slightest amount of carbohydrates will tip the balance in the other direction, ensuring that all the fat you are eating gets stored as fat in the body.
How much should I eat on the high fat diet?
One of the advantages of this diet is that there is no need to control your eating. If you follow the high fat diet correctly you will find that your appetite adjusts to your intake and you will naturally stop eating when your body has had enough.
The high fat diet has the ability to turn your body into a fat burning machine. Not only will you burn all the fat you eat, but also all those stores (hips, bum, tummy, thighs) you have been trying to shed for years. If you want to lose weight and feel that you can follow the rules listed above, give it a go. You will not be disappointed.