This huge fat loss mistake might be keeping you from your goals
I’m sure many of you while grocery shopping have let the words “Low Fat” convince you to buy that box of heavenly hash ice cream.
I know I’ve got one sitting in my freezer (But I didn’t buy it, I swear)
Here’s a little back story on low fat craze.
Back in the 1980’s, scientist figured that if 1 gram of fat is 9 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrates and protein is 4 calories, eating less fat, means less calories.
Suddenly, breakfast cereals packed with sugar and carbs became the at-home healthy choice. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were the go-to lunch Monday through Friday and dinners were meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
Wearing spandex and eating less fats should have kept us in the best shape during this decade.
But we weren’t…
Heart disease, obesity and diabetes increased. We started seeing kids develop these problems earlier as well. Scientist predicted that the next generation was the first to see parents out living their children.
We were eating less and less fat, but getting fatter and unhealthier.
So, do we need fats in our diet?
There are 3 types of fats: saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated.
Saturated fats include butter, peanut oil, coconut oil or palm oil. You can tell it’s saturated if its solid at room temperature.
Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, canola oil and are also found in cashews and avocados. These are usually liquid in room temperature and semi-solid in the fridge.
Then there’s polyunsaturated fats, which include flax oil and poppy seed oil and are found mainly in seeds, fish and algae.
If it sounds confusing, don’t worry, you just need to know these 3 things about fats:
We need an even ⅓ from each group. This means:
1. ⅓ saturated fats
2. ⅓ monounsaturated
3. ⅓ polyunsaturated.
There is such thing as good fats foods but we don’t want too much from each group.
The problem started when we thought eliminating them from our diet would decrease our calorie count for the day. Instead of eating fats that are essential for our body, we replaced it with carbs from wheat and corn that are useless to the body and actually cause a lot of problems. A post for another time.
Well how do fats help us lose fat?
Fats are what I like to call, hormonally neutral. This means that it doesn’t cause your your body to release boatloads of hormones when you eat it. Unlike sugars and starches which cause your body to release huge amounts of insulin (a fat storing hormone), fats don’t do that.
What fats do is tell your brain you’re full. Fats, improve the sensitivity of a hormone called leptin that tells your brain you’re full. Eating the proper amounts of fats keeps you full longer. This means you won’t have to fill up on empty carbs that increase insulin and fat storing.
They are an essential nutrient to the body, and a proper balance will help with metabolism. A higher metabolism burns more calories, thus burning the unnecessary fat from our bodies. Eliminating them from our diet lowers our metabolism and puts our body in storage mode to try and hold fats.
Now you know why you need fats, where can you get them?
Remember we need an even ⅓ from each kind of fat. Here’s a list of recommended foods with essential fats in them.
– Olives and olive oil
– Raw nuts (almonds and pecans)
– Grass fed meats
– coconuts and coconut oil
– organic pasteurized eggs
– palm oil
– organic from grass fed cows
– unheated organic nut oils
There is one fat that I haven’t talked about and that’s trans fats. You’ll find this in some fast food restaurants and margarine. Try and stay away from these as they’re non-essential and chemically made fats.
Stick to the 3 main types of fats and you’ll be a fat burning machine in no time!