low fat or low carb?
The facts you may not know about fats- some fats are healthier than you think!
Did you know that there are some fats called essential fatty acids that our body absolutely needs and cannot make on its own?
Do you know it is not as much the fatty foods, despite the popular belief, but insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome, that causes weight gain, especially around the tummy?
Our misunderstanding about fat and fascination with low fatty foods, which tend to be high glycemic leading a new problem called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. This in turn leads to weight gain as insulin is an anabolic or body building hormone, according to Dr Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing obesity medicine physician and founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America.
If there is one thing the now withdrawn and flawed food pyramid did – it is spreading the wrong message that fat is the enemy and it has to be avoided! In fact, there are populations in the polar regions that eat up to 80 percent of their diet as fat and they do not have the cardiovascular or metabolic factors the rest of the world has as fat, although it can make you gain weight, does not lead to central weight. The weight gain with fat is distributed more evenly! On the other hand, the so called low fatty foods which are high in carbohydrates in most instances, lead to metabolic weight or central weight leading to increased inflammation as the belly fat produces inflammation.
We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to stay healthy. Fats provide needed energy in the form of calories. Fats help our bodies absorb important vitamins—called fat-soluble vitamins—including vitamins A, D and E. Fats also make foods more flavorful and help us feel full. Fats are especially important for infants and toddlers, because dietary fat contributes to proper growth and development.
You need the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats!
Foods can contain a mixture of different fats. Unsaturated fats are considered “good” fats. They’re sometimes listed as “monounsaturated” and “polyunsaturated” fat on Nutrition Facts labels. These can promote health if eaten in the right amounts. They are generally liquid at room temperature, and are known as oils. You’ll find healthful unsaturated fats in fish, nuts and most vegetable oils, including canola, corn, olive and safflower oils.
The so-called “bad” fats are saturated fats and trans fats. They tend to be solid at room temperature. Solid fats include butter, meat fats, stick margarine, shortening, and coconut and palm oils. They’re often found in chocolates, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods.
“When we eat too many solid fats, we put our bodies at risk. These fats tend to raise total blood cholesterol, as well as the part of cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol,” says McDowell. “When those cholesterol levels are out of whack and too high, it’s a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”
“When there’s too much cholesterol in the blood, the excess can get trapped in artery walls and build up,” adds Dr. Catherine Loria, an NIH expert on nutrition and heart health. “The buildup can develop into atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to coronary heart disease.”
It is about understanding which fats are better for you and avoiding the high glycemic carbohydrates that is the key for reducing the risk that comes from body weight. You could be in the normal range in terms of the weight and can still have high risk of metabolic syndrome or diabetes if you have insulin resistance, according to Dr. Tumpati, founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America.
How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America help?
If you are overweight and have excess abdominal fat, a weight-related medical problem, or a family history of such problems, you need to lose weight. Healthy diets and exercise can help people maintain a healthy weight, and may also help them lose weight. It is important to recognize that overweight is a chronic condition which can only be controlled with long-term changes. To reduce caloric intake, eat less fat and control portion sizes. If you are not physically active, spend less time in sedentary activities such as watching television, and be more active throughout the day. As people lose weight, the body becomes more efficient at using energy and the rate of weight loss may decrease. Increased physical activity will help you to continue losing weight and to avoid gaining it back.
Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance or are considered “prediabetic” which could be the main reason that people are overweight? Losing just5-10% of your weight will help you reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers.
Under the direction of Dr. Prab Tumpati, W8MD Weight Loss Centers was founded in order to help you overcome obesity and seep disorders to make a difference. Dr. Tumpati has passed a written board examination in the field of Bariatric Medicine and is also Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine. The doctor’s of W8MD partner with each patient to develop a custom weight management program to best meet their individual needs taking into account their medical history, lifestyle and goals. Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few.
And the best part of the program is that most insurance’s cover the doctor visits.
Check out our website at www.w8md.com to learn more about us. If you have a little or a lot of weight to lose and want to do it without surgery, set up fees and mandatory meal replacements or appetite suppressants, think W8MD for weight loss.
And, if you are a physician, with an interest in helping your obese or overweight patients, and would like to add a W8MD program at your office, please feel free to contact us.
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