Any benefits you might experience from a low-fat diet are more likely to come about if the diet is part of a healthy lifestyle. In other words, just cutting out fats doesn’t magically make you healthier; studies show that a low-fat diet needs to be a component of a lifestyle and diet that is healthy overall.
What Is a Low-Fat Diet?
It would seem that a “low-fat diet” is simply a diet with little fat intake. But it isn’t necessarily that simple. Generally speaking, a diet is classified as “low fat” when 30 percent or less of your total calories come from fat. Here are some benefits to consider in a low-fat diet:
* Weight loss – Loss of weight and body fat often occurs when a low-fat diet is adopted. When you cut back on fat, you generally cut back on total calories. And loss of weight has been shown to have all sorts of health benefits, from improved cardiovascular health to decreased joint pain.
* Lower risk of disease (possibly) – The jury is still out on this one. Because of some studies, particularly an eight-year-long one that was reported in 2006, not all health professionals accept the notion that a low-fat diet decreases your risk of disease. But some do, and not only because of the weight loss experienced in a low-fat diet.
Proponents of a low-fat diet claim that cancer, particularly breast and colorectal cancer, as well as heart disease from clogged arteries, are less likely to manifest in those who practice a low-fat diet.
* Less saturated fat – Lower consumption of saturated fats (particularly those that are animal-based) has been linked to decreased risk of diseases such as cancer and gall bladder disease. Studies have also indicated that less saturated fat intake helps lower cholesterol.
* Save money – Many high-fat foods are pre-packaged, such as potato chips and snack cakes. This kind of packaging and preparation costs money. A low-fat diet based in whole foods can cost much less money. (For example, a 5-pound bag of potatoes is no more expensive than a 12-ounce bag of potato chips.)
* Increased healthy foods – If you aren’t eating as much high-fat food, you will (hopefully) be filling the void with healthy foods. In other words, you have to eat something, and cutting back on fat opens the opportunity for you to eat healthy foods that you might not have thought of otherwise. If you look for potato chips and all you have are apples, you’re probably going to eat the apples!
A low-fat diet does include some fat. A diet without any fat at all can result in constipation and other problems. The good news is, a low-fat diet can include healthy, unsaturated fats like olive and safflower oils. Probably the best benefit of a low-fat diet is the exclusion of bad fats and the inclusion of good ones.
What is Aging?
Some scientists and physicians suggest that aging is a ‘disease’. This is not a fair description. Aging is not a disease but part of the process of life itself! You cannot reverse aging but you can help slow it down to an optimal level which nature intended. So, how long should we live for? This is a subject of much debate and disagreement. Some scientists claim extraordinary times…200+ years.
However, this is really in the realm of science fiction. The position of Xtend-Life is that it is possible to live to the projected maximum human life span of 120 years. To achieve this, your life has to be well balanced! In other words, your lifestyle, your diet, the amount of exercise you do, the environment you live in and your nutrient intake have to be as close as possible to optimal.