Postpartum depression may be the result of low-fat cooking. A study published in this month’s issue of Social Text suggests that consumption of low-fat cooking shows a strong correlation to postpartum depression. People who eat more high-fat foods are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression.
A study conducted by Cynthia M. Bulik
The study was conducted by Cynthia M. Bulik, who is the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Chair of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“After controlling for carbohydrate consumption, it seems that only fat intake affects postpartum depression,” Bulik said. “The lower the level of fat intake during the first year after giving birth, the more likely a woman was to develop depression.”
Bulik said that while all fats are not necessarily healthy, it is important to make sure fat levels do not drop too low. Postpartum depression can be very serious and should be treated by a medical professional.
“It’s important for people to understand how vital healthy fats are in the diet,” Bulik said. “Many people think you can just cut fat out of your diet, but that’s not good for anyone. Healthy sources of fat are necessary every day.”
Studies have shown that diets with low levels of healthy fats can lead to depression and other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
“Our brains are made of 60 percent fat,” Bulik said. “You need to make sure you get enough healthy fat in your diet.”
People can eat more high-fat foods by adding avocados, olive oil, fish, and nuts to their diets. Also, remember that all fats are not created equal. For example, canola oil is a fat substitute made from genetically modified organisms and will harm the body rather than help it.
Most of us have been raised to eat a low-fat diet. A high carbohydrate, low-fat diet is promoted by many weight loss plans endorsed by people in the public eye such as Jared Fogle.
Fat is the preferred source of energy in a low carbohydrate diet and without it, brain fog can develop as well as other symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with depression or have symptoms that point to this diagnosis, consider a low carbohydrate diet high in healthy fats such as red meat, avocados, and coconut oil. The ketogenic diet is an excellent choice for many reasons.
Significant weight gain
People with postpartum depression commonly experience significant weight gain, leaving them in a perpetual cycle of yo-yo dieting. This can be compounded by disappointment after failure to lose weight on various diets. The ketogenic diet is difficult for most people to follow initially because it requires the removal of sugars and starches, including many fruits and vegetables, from the diet.
However, once you get past this initial hump, weight loss is rapid and easy because ketosis takes care of appetite suppression naturally. You can lose 5 to 20 pounds in the first week on a ketogenic diet without ever feeling hungry or deprived. After that, weight loss slows down to 1 to 2 pounds per week until you reach your ideal weight.
The ketogenic diet can be tweaked in many different ways including the type of fat used for cooking, the type of vegetables consumed, and even what type of meats are eaten. This makes it easy to customize a program that works best for every individual.
People sometimes assume that low-carbohydrate diets are fads or gimmicks. The truth is, medical studies dating back to the 19th century that show low carbohydrate diets are beneficial in the treatment of many diseases. Refined sugars and starches in the modern diet lead to many health problems including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Carbohydrates are metabolized into glucose, which is then used by the body for energy. However, too many carbohydrates can cause an excess of glucose in the bloodstream because they are broken down into sugars before being used. This condition is known as hyperglycemia or high blood sugar. It can be very serious and lead to many health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.