For many years, we have been fed the lie that the best way to lose weight is to cut fat from our diet.
This theory was based on the fact that fat contains more calories per gram than protein or carbs so in order to lose weight we need to consume less. This is a very misleading and unhealthy theory. The truth is that our body needs fat to function properly and higher fat intake could help make your fat loss more successful!
FAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH
Fats provide our body with energy and provide storage spots for energy in the body. Fat also helps move the vitamins A, D, E and K through your bloodstream and absorb them into your body. Fat provides insulation for body temperature regulation by filling up your body’s adipose tissue. The essential fatty acids in fats also play a role in brain development, blood clotting and managing inflammation.
FAT VS CARBS
From a fat-loss perspective, displacing carbohydrates by increasing fat in your diet sets the stage for an optimal fat-loss environment. Lower overall insulin levels—achieved by reducing carbohydrates—allow your body to more readily access fat stores for energy while also allowing fat to enter and fuel your muscles. Low-fat diets don’t condition your body to be efficient at burning fat, instead it becomes efficient at burning carbohydrates.
Fats are more satisfying than carbohydrates and they are digested slower therefor the satiety last longer. There’s nothing worse than eating a lower-calorie diet that leaves your hungry all the time. This is traditionally a huge problem in diets which deny you foods with a higher fat content.The more satiated you are, the less likely that you’re going to sneak in snacks between meals or pile on a second helping.
Healthy fat sources we should include in our diet are: oily fish (mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring, wild salmon), eggs, seeds and nuts (make sure they are soaked or sprouted), avocados, coconut, olive oil, walnut oil, linseed oil and hemp oil.
GOOD FAT AND BAD FAT
Fat sources we should avoid: corn, cottonseed, canola, vegetable, soybean, peanut oil (most of them often carry the title “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”), trans fats and interesterified fats.
It’s true, fat is good for you, but it is also high in calories and these calories add up quickly, so be careful. Fats are delicious and easy to over-consume so, even if you are making an effort to eat more fat in your diet, make sure your efforts are calculated.
To get some inspiration of how to implement health fats to your diet check out this delicious and super nutritious RECIPES.
By Ola Mazurkiewicz Nutritional Therapist at Positive Vitality.
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