The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found that decreasing total fat intake may make a minimal impression on reducing the risk of breast cancer, and has no effect on the risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease and stroke. Following a study on 48,835 women - some who maintained a low-fat dietary regiment and the others comprising a control group following their normal eating patterns - the breast cancer-preventing effect of the low-fat diet was insignificant enough to not even be considered a statistic. The study did not differentiate between "good" and "bad" fats, but rather on the design of total fat intake. Does this mean you should plant yourself like spring flowers in a tub of chocolate frosting? Probably not. Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute asserts, "The results of this study do not change established recommendations on disease prevention. Women should continue to get regular mammograms and screenings for colorectal cancer, and work with their doctors to reduce their risks for heart disease including following a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.? I myself will continue to be conscious of my fat intake, but maybe I won't be so haunted by a little butter on my bread!
When you are cutting back fat in your diet it's best to do it gradually. The University of Pennsylvania found that drastic changes in fat intake led to the release of a stress hormone which could cause you to overeat.
Thanks for the clarification Mary Ann! You are absolutely right. When making changes to your diet or exercise regiment, you always want to do it gradually. The body will adapt more strongly over time when we make changes gradually and with thought. Such is the disaster of crash diets. There are a million myths about losing weight fast or improving your health overnight. I agree with you: don't stress out your body, but do make changes over time to work towards a healthier body.