Over the years the press and the governments have been hammering it into you head how bad fat is for you. How fat will shorten your life, how you should stop eating fat to be healthy……which of course is utter rubbish!
What they also failed to mention is that not all fats are the same. That’s correct, there are good fats and bad fats
It is essential that you consume some fat to stay alive as well as keep healthy and here is some of the reasons why, vital vitamins and nutrients are absorbed via some fats, your brain has a fat in it called omega 3 an essential fatty acid even your heart needs fat to keep it ticking over and help it function.
At first glance, it makes sense to cut fat from your diet when you want to lose excess body fat. That ís been the basis behind every single diet from 1950 to 1990. It lead to the development and sale of countless low fat and fat free foods that still populate our grocery stores today. The idea of eating low fat has become deeply ingrained into our collective cultural conscious. The only problem is that it didn’t work.
Yes, you can lose weight on a low calorie, low fat diet. Plenty of people have done it. But it takes a lot of willpower, and the vast majority of people canít stick to it long term. They end up giving up and gaining more weight back then they lost in the first place. Our bodies are genetically engineered to crave fat. Itís what keeps us going, keeps us warm, and keeps up our energy levels.
While fat does have a lot more calories than the same amount of carbs or protein, it takes a long time to digest fat. It keeps us full and satisfied much longer than any other type of food. Does that mean you should go on a bacon and butter diet with a sprinkle of deep fried foods? Of course not. First off, we need to strive for balance and shouldnít compensate for our past low fat diets that only made us fatter by overindulging in fats. Balance is the name of the game when it comes to healthy weight loss. Secondly, not all fats are created equal.
While there is still a lot to be learned about fats and the role they play in the many chemical process that take place in our bodies, we know that some fats are better for us than others. Iím sure youíve heard of saturated fats, unsaturated fats, trans fats, and mono-unsaturated fats. Stay away from mostly man-made Trans Fats. Thereís been a big push in this direction and itís a good thing.
The main fat you want to increase is mono-unsaturated fats. These types of fats will help lower your bad cholesterol and increase the good one. They will help your body repair itself and run at its best. Think of it as high performance fuel for your body. You can find this healthy type of fat in avocados, coconut oil, peanut butter, peanut oil, olives, and olive oil to name a few.
The most important lesson I want you to take away from this post is that fat isn’t bad for you. Some sources of fat are better for you than others, but overall, it’s not the enemy we were told it was.