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Oct

After Bariatric Surgery, don’t just Cut Fat

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If you want to lose fat, then it makes sense to stop eating fat, right? Well, as anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past can most likely attest to, real and effective weight loss isn’t that simple to figure out. Low fat diets have been one of the most popular dieting options in the weight loss industry, but many people who have followed low fat diets have not been entirely successful with meeting their weight loss goals. And according to recent research, those who do follow a low fat diet long-term may actually be at higher mortality risk than those who follow other popular diet trends.

The big problem with a low fat diet is that it puts so much blame on one nutrient—a nutrient that just so happens to provide some major health benefits when consumed appropriately. Fat takes a lot of blame in our unhealthy diets, but did you know that fat is actually good for your heart? Without any fat in your diet you will start to experience organ failure, as it is fat that cushions your organs and even supports brain development and muscle growth.

There are different types of fats, however. While mono and polyunsaturated fats are great for supporting your health in the ways listed previously, saturated and trans fats can hurt your heart and can increase your risk for type-2 diabetes. Eaten a high quantity of these fats can also cause you to gain weight, which is why so many people start cutting fat out of their diet when they want to lose a couple of pounds.

The biggest problem with following a low fat diet is that when you start to demonize fats, then other foods that are low in fat but not so healthy seem to not look like such bad choices. Foods high in carbohydrates and sugars, for example, are not healthy choices at all but are not high in fat content, and so tend to sneak by on this sort of dietary plan.

After having weight loss surgery, your weight loss surgeon will work with you to ensure that you are following a balanced and healthy diet that is in line with your body’s needs. This will include the consumption of some fats, along with a lot of vitamins and especially protein. Cutting down on total food intake while making sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrients is the best way to reach your long-term weight loss goals. Rather than attempting to follow a popular diet trend like the low fat diets out there, stick with your weight loss surgeon’s guidelines for your greatest path for success.