Will fat make you fat? I want to make it clear that healthy fats do not make you fat! Eating healthy fats that come from clean sources such as raw nuts and seeds, fish, good quality oils and even good quality dairy products are both very healthy and essential for you. You’ve probably heard that the fat you eat is the fat you wear. This is a big myth and I’ll explain why.
How many of you think that a diet that’s high in fat is bad for you and can make you fat. How many of you have been on a low fat diet, and bought non-fat, low fat products, because you’re scared that the full fat version will make you fat? If the answer to will fat make you fat was yes, then I’d probably be the fattest person ever! I love my fats and can’t get full or satisfied without them! I know many people try to avoid fat and go on a low fat or fat free diet in order to not get fat. This is a very common misconception. In reality, we could not live without fat.
How do healthy fats work in the body?
The body utilizes dietary fat for energy, healthy hair, skin, nails, vitamin absorption, and normal everyday bodily functions. Good fats promote several health benefits such as protection against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression as well as reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Like I mentioned above, choose sources such as nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil. In fact when the fat is removed from foods such as yogurt, sugar is added to make up for the flavor and texture. The fat free foods end up being more fattening, than if you ate the full fat.
Research have even proven that the omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to regulate blood sugar because they decrease insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity. This is important to know for all of those high carb people, who consume large amounts of sugars from fruits and try to stay away from fat. As a bonus healthy fats are also proven to increase metabolic rate and decrease aging!
For all health obsessed people who think they can go by and be perfectly healthy by eating super low or fat free diet, they’re wrong! Especially if you’re the kind of person that tracks your macronutrients, and your app tells you you’ve met your daily allowance of all the vitamins and nutrients according to the foods you’ve entered. The reality is that there are specific vitamins and minerals that can ONLY be absorbed and retained by consuming FAT! Specifically vitamins A, D, E and K. Those vitamins are fat soluble, which literally means that they have to be in the presence of fat to be absorbed. (This is one amongst a ton of other reason why I don’t recommend counting calories and macros! Your app tells you one thing, but the reality is completely different).
If you’re one of those people who can never get full from just eating mainly carbs, then I highly suggest that you opt your healthy fats and even protein intake. Fat and protein are very filling and satiating foods that will keep you full longer (Again, it decreases insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity). I’m not saying stay away from carbs. Carbs are essential and should never be avoided either. There needs to be a balance between all 3 macronutrients. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to eliminate a macronutrient from your diet completely. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. You have to live with it for the rest of your life, so be kind to it and have some fat! (HAHA)
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