You know how some people eat only fast food and manage to stay skinny? Our friends at YourTango explain how it’s possible.
Who knew?In a perfect world| you can eat whatever you want with very little consequences. Of course| we know there are a few lucky people with fast metabolisms who can eat fast food and keep their waist small.
But science has found that there may be a reason for this other than metabolism.
New research shows that a diet with a lot of fat and salt could actually prevent weight gain.
Yes| you read that right!
The results come from an experiment where scientists put groups of mice on different diets. Some ingested high-fat foods and levels of salt. The group who gained the same amount of weight as mice eating normal food were the ones who ate the very salty and high-fat diet.
Salt is not only tasty| but it may have helped the mice digest their food and absorb fat. Don’t get too excited| though ¡ª not everyone is lucky in this aspect.
“It’s totally different for each person|” says Keri Gans| author of The Small Change Diet. “We always associate poor health with high weight| but you can definitely be a thin person and still have a lot of health complications that have nothing to do with your weight.”
We can go on and on about talking about how some are “lucky” by eating whatever they want| but this study also pokes holes in the logic that every skinny person is healthy| and every overweight person is fat.
Even if you’re able to keep the weight off| a diet with a lot of salt could affect other aspects of your health. For instance| high salt intake leads to higher blood pressure| which creates a greater strain on your heart| arteries| kidneys| and brain. This leads to heart attacks| strokes| and kidney disease.
Yikes! Keep this information in mind when you hear someone making a big deal about weight. Fast food| instant soups| and even salad dressings have extremely high levels of sodium| so eat those with caution.
And remember: you’re a person| not a mouse.
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