Being in the fitness industry I constantly hear so many lies circulating in the next ‘get fit’ fad that goes by. One of my Favorites is that fat and carbohydrates make you fat. In a nut shell no they don’t make you fat. They are both necessary to keep your body working at peek performance. Consuming the wrong fats will make you fat.
According to David Ludwig, MD, PhD (leading obesity researcher and professor of nutrition at Harvard University) we would be better spending our time paying attention to what we eat rather than how much.
The wrong kinds of fat will make you fat. Fats such as those found in ready made pie crusts, baked goods, processed grain-fed meats, packaged cookies (esp. with frosting), shortening, margarine, microwave popcorn, fried foods, frozen pizzas. Now I’m not saying to never consume any of these things but my goal is that you have informed decisions regarding your health so you don’t wonder why you may be stuck in a health ‘rut’ of some sort.
So what do healthy fats do for us anyway? Why do we need them? Healthy fats consist of Triglycerides, cholesterol and other essential fatty acids. They store energy for us acting as little messengers that help proteins do their jobs. And of course they insulate and protect our vital organs, help aid immune functions, metabolism, reproduction, reduction of inflammation, blood clotting and brain development.
Lets start with metabolism. Metabolism is the chemical process that converts fat molecules to energy. During this process the fat or triglycerides stored in the body is broken down into glycerol and fatty acids which are absorbed by the liver, kidneys and muscles which in the end maintains our body temperature, carbon dioxide etc. etc.
So, how can this information help us? First of many fad diets out there want us to starve to loose fat but I can assure you their are better ways! I also don’t believe in never eating a donut. The when, where, hows are so important when dealing our fat sources. Deprivation is NOT the answer and it doesn’t work in the long run.
Eating fats, proteins and fiber filled foods will only serve to help you feel satiated and ward off not only cravings but insulin spikes and in the end cause you to consume less calories in general. They will also improve heart and skin health and deter other diseases that are caused from over consumption of fats particularly wrong fats.
I’ll leave you with a list of some wonderful weight loss fats:
- Dark Chocolate
- Nuts, seeds & nut-butters
- Greek Yogurt
- Wild Salmon
- Flax & Chia seeds