Balance it UP
Q I’m trying to keep my diet low in fat, but I always feel tired and sluggish. How can I eat healthily and maintain my energy levels?
A Nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan says: Low-fat diets can be healthy if they’re based on wholesome natural foods – the Japanese diet is traditionally very low in fat. However, Western low-fat diets, which are full of diet foods, reduced-fat processed foods and too much refined starch and sugar, are completely different.
Rather than focusing on the fat in your diet, take a look at the foods and drinks you are consuming. Do you have red meat three or more times a week for iron? Do you have an oily fish, such as salmon or sardines, at least twice a week? Do you snack on a handful of nuts every day? Do you use avocado in sandwiches and wraps? Are you drizzling extra virgin olive oil over your salads and vegetables? All of these foods are packed with nutrients and full of the right fats, yet tend to be omitted on a low-fat diet. They also make food taste delicious – and that’s the kind of diet you should stick to long term.