Low Fat=High Sugar
Much of the processed food labeled “low fat” instead has sugar added to improve taste, but when it comes to harmful health effects, sugar is worse than fat. Sugar drives fat storage and makes the brain think it is hungry by stimulating more insulin secretion and contributing to insulin resistance. Eating usually stimulates secretion of insulin and leptin. Leptin feeds back to turn off hunger and eating. However, the fructose in sugar does not feedback to leptin and so the brain continues to think that it’s hungry. Over time, the fructose also contributes to insulin resistance and abdominal fat accumulation.
Before you try to talk yourself into that “healthier,” low fat option, remember to check the nutritional content for the sugar. Avoiding the sugar can help you gain more control of your hunger and help you lose weight over time.