Eating low-fat low-calorie diet still remains the most popular way to lose weight. While I am not into diet wars, and have successfully lost weight with different approaches (low-fat low-calorie and high-fat low carb), there is one good reason why you should plan to include more fat in your meals, especially when trying to lose weight.
Being a little overweight is a gallstone hazard. What do I mean by a little overweight? According to one study, women only 10 pounds overweight have nearly double the chance of developing the disease. The more weight you gain, the higher the risk. You get the picture…
You’d expect that losing extra weight will reduce the risk of gallstones, but the weird thing is that one of the surest ways to bring on gallstones is to lose weight rapidly. According to the studies, rapid weight loss from low-fat, low-calorie diets can cause gallstones in up to 50 percent of dieters.
So what do you do? According to some experts, you can reduce your chances of getting gallstones by including at least five to ten grams of fat in one meal each day. This is necessary for gallbladder to empty its bile, including potential gallstones.
This can be achieved by eating a couple of teaspoons of olive oil each day, which is about 80-90 calories – not an expensive price to pay for your health and well-being.