DailyDirt: Don't Eat Fat. Or Sugar. How About Just Less Of Everything?

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Everything in moderation. Somehow that adage seems to get lost in the media coverage of diets that claim near miraculous health results from totally eliminating X from a person's diet. Sure, there are things that you don't need even moderate amounts of, such as arsenic, lead and other toxins. But just less gluttony could go a long way. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: diet, fads, fat, food, health, moderation, sugar, world health organization

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    Colonel Panic, 19 Sep 2014 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re:

    probably replying to a troll but lol.

    It is though. Ever heard of trans fatty acids? Without them, you'd die.

    Fat is just a macronutrient, and there's a lot of different kinds of fats. Some of them are bad for you, a few of them are good for you, but for the most part they just get a bad rap because:
    a) misinformed people who still believe all of the bad anti-fat anti-cholesterol hype of the 90s
    b) It has a very high caloric density, so it adds on calories easily
    c) people don't understand that dietary fat != body fat.

    All macronutrients are alike in that if you eat more than you burn, you gain weight, and if you burn more than you eat, you lose weight. It's all just chemical energy in different forms.

    Dietary fat IS NOT BAD FOR YOU. period. You can get more than a third of your calories from fat and be perfectly healthy and thin. It doesn't magically make you a lardass.

    Even carbs aren't bad for you. Simple carbs aren't great, and sugar is terrible, but carbs in general are fine.

    If you're trying to lose weight though, cutting carbs is the effective way to do it, not cutting fat. Fats and proteins contain all of the trans fatty and amino acids your body needs to prevent smooth muscle wasting while losing body fat.

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