When I learned that oil is actually a processed food that has been stripped of all nutritional value, I was pretty shocked. I had been told for a long time that things like olive oil and coconut oil were some of the best things you could include in your diet, but the truth is, oil is literally the most calorically dense food that exists, which meant I was adding upwards of 300 extra calories to each meal by cooking with oil or drizzling oil on my food.
Last year, I decided to cut oil from my diet. I was trying to lose weight, and I just wanted to see whether it would make a difference. Surprisingly, it was game changer. Not only did it help me lose weight faster, but there was one side effect in particular that I really enjoyed: I didn't get the food coma that usually comes after a big meal.
Usually when I eat out, I feel very sluggish and tired afterward. That's because restaurants use a tremendous amount of sodium and oil in their food — that's what makes it taste so good, after all! But when I started cooking all my own food and only eating at healthy restaurants that used little to no oil at all, I never got the postmeal slump I used to deal with, even if I ate a pretty hefty serving.
I still don't cook with oil at home, and I don't eat it very often when I'm out. When I do eat it, I can tell a difference in my energy level. It's a small improvement, but it's one that I reap the benefits from every single day.