How to EAT FAT to burn even MORE FAT!

Fight fat with fat

To eat fat or not to eat fat?Although it has been a debate among many for quite a while in the past. There are too many low-fat diets on the net to count. Including claims to weight loss by lowering fat intake. I just want to clear things up and make you understand if you don’t already. You need to eat fat to burn fat! Just like fighting fire with fire, we need to fight fat with fat!

Now, I can understand that it may seem twisted in a way that we need to consume what we’re trying to lose to lose it. Sometimes the body will seem like it works backwards. But explained properly you will understand and take on a whole new perspective to diet and the importance of fat. By the end of the blog you will be able to know how to incorporate fat and understand why you’re doing it. And where to get the fats you need, more importantly.

Why do we need to eat fat?

For starters in a weight loss point of view, we need to consume fat to burn fat. Upon consumption of fat, enzymes and hormones in our body are released to break the fat down. While those enzymes and hormones release, we have the ability to burn the fat that’s on our body too. Adiponectin is a hormone released upon the consumption of fat to break fat down. And bile is released help aid in break down and the digestion of fat and other fat soluble nutrients. From a health point of view, we need fat for our bodies to operate efficiently. Dietary fat also provides energy, protects our organs, maintains cell membranes, helps the body absorb and process nutrients and heaps more.

What fat should we eat?

Even though I’m telling you that you must have fat to burn fat, not all fat is the same. There is definitely bad fats and good fats. The fat we want to cut out is trans fats. These fats are essentially fats that are cooked at high temperature. Food like deep fried and fried food. Trans fat loses all the nutritional value and the molecular structure turns into a viscous unhealthy toxin to the body. It’s proven that it’s much harder for the body to break down and may cause detrimental health issues.

The other fats that we want to limit are saturated fats. Fats that are solid at room temperature that can be found in meats and dairy products. Obviously we need both of these for other sources of nutrients like our protein, calcium, iron etc… But in saying that, it is good to have them limited.

The good fats, the fats we want are called unsaturated fats. Fats like fish, seeds, nuts, leafy vegetables, vegetable oil, and avocados. These foods contain heaps of nutrients. They’re not only going to keep you running 100% and feeling great but they will assist in fat burning as well! They will also keep you full and curb your appetite. Win win.

When should we eat fat?

Although fat is amazingly good, you need to be careful with it too as it’s very calorie dense. Calories are still calories at the end of the day. Fat having 9 calories per gram, more than double that of protein and carbs, it should be watched. I’d advise counting calories until you have a swing of the diet you’re sticking to then eye balling should be close enough. But, nothing would be worse than thinking you’re doing great with all your eating. Then you realize fat has pushed you over your daily expenditure. And now you’re not losing weight.

Be ware of low fat or fat free products too. Often these having their fat removed have been filled with other ingredients we don't want like sugar and other chemicals to get the taste back. The only benefit to have low-fat or fat free products is to still be able to enjoy them while saving on some calories. Other than that, I could only recommend keeping full fat products to the amount you can or getting rid of them.

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Conclusion and tips for fat:

  • Eat unsaturated fats consistently
  • Count your calories or plan your diet to make sure you're not going over
  • Limit saturated fats
  • Cut out trans fats
  • 30% of your diet should consist of fat abiding by the rules above

 

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