Low Fat – The Diet Disaster

One of the most popular food myths is the Low Fat one. Almost every new client that comes to my nutrition and weight loss coaching practice in Beaconsfield says the same thing, “But low fat is good for weight loss”.  My answer always is “NO, it isn’t”, let me explain.

A universally acknowledged truth is that most diets are destined to fail. Not only are they destined to fail, but in over 99% of cases, dieters not only regain the “lost” weight, but add more on top. Why is this? It is because that “diets” are so restrictive and limit fat intake.

In every food store we see Low-Fat – less than 3% per 100g. Great! However fat is tasty and filling and in terms of healthy fats, think extra virgin olive oil, nuts, oily fish and avocado, and is absolutely vital for every aspect of our health, wellbeing and WEIGHT LOSS. So, when the fat is removed it has to be replaced by something else to avoid bland, watery and tasteless food. The replacement is sugar, simple carbohydrates and chemicals. Already sounding delicious?

The inclusion of these sugars and simple carbohydrates create a sugar spike and subsequent crash which fuels the unhappy cycle of feeling hungry again very quickly and so needing more food. Dieters then find themselves having to rely on willpower to abstain from eating more. However our willpower is stretched every day and as it is not limitless, so we eventually crumble after a stressful, unhappy internal fight and so the weight is regained until our next attempt. Hence the yo-yo dieter is born.

One of the most successful weight loss lifesytles is the Mediterranean-style diet, full of home made filling recipes with moderate amounts of the healthy fats listed above. This way of eating feeds the body properly and keeps hunger at bay for longer.

So when you make the decision to lose weight, don’t lose the healthy, filling, delicious, nutrient packed fats, lose the low-fat foods filled with the no-nutrient, un-filling, addictive, ageing and obesity fuelling sugar.

NB. Please remember MODERATION is key


Happy New Year! Happy, Healthy, Successful New You!


I hope you all had a fabulous  Happy Christmas and New Year, with friends, family, love and peace.

So, your plans for 2016? For myself, my plan is to stay happy, slim, successful and free from the worries of weight. Not much to ask I think (especially as I am a Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach!). I am going to be in control of my weight and food intake, I am going to make the best choices for me and my family. I am going to plan and prepare my food in advance and nothing is going to stop me! I know that the only person I really can control is me. I am not going to view my choices as “giving up” anything, I am going to view any changes as how they will add to my health and overall wellbeing which will have a direct impact on those I love most, my family.

I know that diets don’t work, so I am not even going to bother. I am not going to be seduced out of desperation, into signing up to some crazy quick fix “solution” that may cost me a fortune, stress my mind and my body, not benefit my health long term, and ultimately know that no matter how much weight I lose, I WILL find that weight again and probably more and I will become disappointed in myself, not the “diet” that was never sustainable. I deserve better than that and so do you!

My other plan is for YOU. I plan to give you all the food information – in whatever form works for you – along with the motivation and support that we all need through a period of change, to get you to where you want and deserve to be with your weight loss. I also intend to make sure you stay there.

So, 1 January 2016. Join me at YOUtrition (I have some great New Year’s discounts on my website, www.you-trition.com), let me work with you and see yourself the way you want to be. I’m there already and I know you can be too.