The so-called “diet” products containing low or no fat may have a higher amount of sugar and consuming them regularly could make you fat, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.
Most so-called diet products containing low or no fat have an increased amount of sugar and are camouflaged under fancy names, giving the impression that they are healthy, but the reality is that those foods may damage the liver and lead to obesity as well,” said the study’s principal investigator Krzysztof Czaja, Associate Professor at University of Georgia in the US.
Researchers found that rats fed a diet high in sugar but low in fat, meant to imitate many popular diet foods, increased body fat mass when compared to rats fed a balanced rodent diet.
The high-sugar diet induced a host of other problems, including liver damage and brain inflammation.
“What’s really troubling in our findings is that the rats consuming high-sugar, low-fat diets didn’t consume significantly more calories than the rats fed a balanced diet,” Czaja said.
“Our research shows that in rats fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet, the efficiency of generating body fat is more than twice as high, in other words, rats consuming low-fat high-sugar diets need less than half the number of calories to generate the same amount of body fat,” Czaja added.
You need to make a strong effort to cut down on your salt & sugar intake because too much salt and sugar causes you to gain water weight making you look fatter than you already are and avoid processed foods as much as possible because the processing of these foods removes all the stuff that helps you lose weight and replaces it with stuff like sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils to make you fatter.
The study has been published in the journal Physiology & Behavior.