Eating Fat Will NOT Make You Fat
Mon, September 21, 2015
Eating fat will not make you fat and below I have listed 8 facts about fats:
1) Essential fats
Omega 3 fats are polyunsaturated fats and are classified as Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s. There are 3 types of omega 3 fatty acids and they are ALA (from plant oils), EPA & DHA (found in marine oils)
Sources of ALA are walnuts, hemp oil & flaxseed oil.
Sources of EPA & DHA are fish oils & krill oil.
Why are they classified as EFA’s? Because they are essential to the human body and they must be consumed within your dietary intake as the body cannot manufacture them.
2) Always go for full fat products
Full fat milk, cheese, yoghurts etc contain more vitamin A, D, E & K than low-fat products because fat is the transportation system for these vitamins to travel to where they need to be in the body. If you follow a low-fat diet you are missing out on these vitamins.
Low-fat products are normally high in added sugars &/or sweeteners because once you’ve removed the fats the product will taste pretty bland.
Have you ever noticed it’s always the fat people that drink ‘diet drinks’ and the slimmer ones that drink water!! It’s no coincidence……
3) Choose grass fed over corn fed meats
Grass fed animals are a lot healthier than corn fed ones. Therefore, when we eat grass fed meat we are eating a much better quality meat than the corn fed ones. Grass contains lots of omega 3 fatty acids which as we know is one of our essential fats.
4) Fat contain 9 kcals of energy per gram
That’s double the calories of carbohydrates & proteins (both with 4 kcals)
5) Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory
Did you know that omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and omega 6 is pro-inflammatory? That means that if our diet consists of mainly baked goods like cakes, biscuits, crisps (all the nice things!) and very low in oily fish the chances are you will be riddled with inflammation from your gut right the way through your body. Have you ever noticed how overweight/obese people always look ‘puffy’? This is because they are inflamed. When the body is inflamed this is a very stressful time for the body so the body produces lots of cortisol (stress hormone) and when cortisol is high, the fat burning process is interrupted and will not happen.
Reduce inflammation to reduce cortisol to drop body fat.
6) The more fat you eat, the more fat burning enzymes your gut will produce
If you eat a lot of good fats your body will be very efficient at burning fat as a fuel source. If on the other hand you eat a lot of carbohydrate your body will be efficient at burning sugar for fuel. Surely if we’re trying to burn body fat we need to be using fat as fuel and not sugars right? So why are so many people ‘fatphobic’?
7) 16 Benefits of fish oils
Have a read of the following article by Charles Poliquin, undoubtedly one of the best strength & conditioning coaches in the world, who highlights some of the major benefits that fish oils can have on your health and overall fat burning potential:
8) Good sources of omega 3 Fats are:
• Fish (oily fish like mackerel, sardines, kippers)
• Extra virgin Coconut oil
• Extra virgin Olive oil
• Dairy (full fat only)
• Meat (well sourced, grass fed)
• KerryGold butter (grass fed)
As I spoke about, some of the foods above do contain good fats but may not be a great source of omega 3. Take nuts as an example. They contain more omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) fats than omega 3 fats (anti-inflammatory) so caution should be taken not to eat too many in the course of a day. Always vary what nuts you eat on a daily basis.
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