Are you on a no fat diet?

Are you on a no fat diet?

What do you think about when you hear the word fat in relation to nutrition? Do you think of phrases such as: artery clogging, fat storing, heart disease, and high cholesterol? In this article I’m going to talk about fats, how they aren’t all bad, and how they can often play a big part in losing weight.

Usually, the first thing that people do when they want to shed the pounds, is to go on low fat diets to lose weight. It makes total sense, right? Why would you continue to eat fats and cook with fatty oils when you’re busting your ass trying to lose it?

Fats have been given such a bad rap in the past and it seems to have stuck with people so much, that companies actually started to offer fat free or low fat foods to ease people into buying them. But what most people do not know is that not all fats are the same. There are such things as good fats and bad fats and the reality is, people just think of all fats as being bad.

So why are fats essential to your diet?

Fat provides energy for the body, plain and simple. To function optimally, the body needs a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for energy, and cannot function properly without all three.  If it has a huge shortage of one or more of those nutrients, it can have negative effects on the body and fat loss can often be halted until the balance is restored.

Have you ever heard of eating fat to lose fat? Well, not many people have either. But it is true. The reason that you need fats in your diet to lose fat, is that the body always needs a healthy balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fats). When you consume good healthy fats (in moderation of course), your body is more likely to get rid of it’s fat on the body because it is consistently getting fat from an external source. Consuming fats also keep the body feeling fuller for longer periods of time by slowing down the digestion of foods and can also boost testosterone. But, you have to consume healthy fats to reap the benefits. Do not stop reading here because you saw me say that you should eat fats in your diet, and go chomp down burgers and greasy fries and expect to get those  results from those fats.

Like I stated before, fats can be separated into the good and bad fats. The bad fats as you may or may not already know are the saturated fats and trans-fats. Saturated fats are fats which are in found in foods such as fatty cuts of meat, butter, eggs, and whole-fat dairy products.  Though some people may argue that saturated fats aren’t so bad when consumed in moderation (and I agree), studies have proven that high amounts of saturated fats can directly raise cholesterol levels. Then there are the trans-fats. These are definitely the fats that you should stay away from on a weight loss diet. Trans-fats are often found in the most delicious junk foods such as french fries, cookies, pizza, donuts, etc. Trans fats raise the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and often lower your good cholesterol (HDL). Consuming high amounts of trans-fats increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. You know what they say, if it tastes really good, it’s not good for you.

Then there are the fats that you should be consuming on a regular basis to maintain and balanced and healthy body. Good fats (polyunsaturated and mono-saturated) are the fats can help lower cholesterol levels, fight inflammation, provide energizing fuel, and can promote healthy fat loss. Essential fats that are found in fish, avocados, coconuts, flax seeds, nuts, and olives are highly beneficial to our health and aid in the ability to burn fat. These healthy oils provide our bodies with proper doses of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that we require to keep our bodies running at optimal levels. My favorite sources of healthy fats come from cooking with and consuming coconut oils, olive oils, natural peanut butter and flax seed oil.

If your on a fat loss diet and are currently getting NO fat in your diet (I was once there), you need to take this information into consideration. Fat loss is more than just cutting out a single macronutrient, watching calories and doing some cardio. Your body is an intricate machine that always requires carbs, fats and proteins in a certain balance to get you the results that you want, and keep you from burning out from the lack of energy. So go eat some healthy fats!

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John

John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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