Australia’s growing obesity epidemic saw a staggering $635 million spent on weight-loss counselling services, low-calorie foods and dietary supplements last year. That’s a staggering amount of money being thrown around by people desperate to achieve a healthy weight, yet the rates of obesity continue to rise. Currently, 63.4% of Australians are overweight or obese, a big rise on the 56.3% in 1995. This all points to the fact that diets and calorie counting just don’t work.
Sustainable weight loss is dependent on so many other things than calories, including:
- Nutrient dense foods eg. good levels of protein, adequate fibre and healthful fats
- Hydration with clean filtered water
- Balanced gut flora
- Regular exercise
- Balanced hormones including thyroid, stress hormones and male/female sex hormones
Healthful fats like those found in coconut oil and avocado attract big calories but are amazing considerations for long term health and longevity and may also provide good dietary support to those trying to trim down. Let’s take avocados for example – high in fat but it’s monounsaturated fat which helps to increase HDL cholesterol that cleans up arterial walls to lower cholesterol. Coconut oil consists of medium chain fatty acids that convert to energy in only three steps, much less than any other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism. These dietary fats increase feelings of fullness leading to an automatic reduction of calories….not that we’re counting those.