The experts say that there is no one telltale sign. In other words, though some of the following signs could have other causes, taken in combination, they could add up to a warning.
Here are five potential signs that you may not be getting enough fat in your diet:
First of all, you should know that fat provides satiety. So, if you’re eating, but you’re often still hungry, it could be because you’re not getting enough fat into the mix. Many people would eat the whole ‘fat-free’ box of cookies because they didn’t feel full — yet they were still overeating. Another explanation if you’re eating but still hungry, is that you’re eating too few calories or not enough fiber.
- Dry skin.
You should think of fat in your body like oil in your car. Yes, the fat keeps everything ‘lubed up’ and running better. It’s not enough to put moisturizer on top of your skin — you need to eat essential fatty acids and mono- and polyunsaturated fats to keep your cells and skin happy. Also, look for flaky and itchy skin.
- Poor Memory
First of all, you should know that dietary fat doesn’t just keep us slim, satiated and energetic – it also keeps the mind sharp. This shouldn’t be a surprise for you, especially because fat is vital for building brain cell membranes and to create a barrier of fatty insulation around each nerve fiber, helping messages travel to the brain more quickly. What’s more, omega 3 fats are highly concentrated in the brain and are vital for memory and mental performance. A recent study has shown that getting enough essential fatty acids during pre-school years can help prevent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and improve academic performance, while a large-scale study highlights the benefits to mental health of following a Mediterranean diet – known to be high in healthy fats.
- Low Energy
Having a lack of energy throughout the day can be related to lack of fat in your diet. How this works – well, carbohydrate rich meals can upset the delicate blood sugar balance leading to a rise and fall in energy levels. But, when fats are eaten along with carbohydrate-containing foods, the fats slow the digestion of the carbs which can improve insulin sensitivity and keep blood glucose levels stable. In addition to stabilizing blood sugar levels, fat can boost energy as it’s the most concentrated source of energy for the body at 9 calories per gram (versus 4 calories per gram of protein or carbohydrates). Well, there you have it guys! And, this means that you shouldn’t ignore these warning signs. Eat your healthy fats and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family. Thank You and have a nice day!