FAT .. even saying the word sometimes can seem to have a negative connotation to it.
It’s how we’ve been molded to think! Fat is what we want to lose, fat is smooshy, fat is bad??
Why does FAT catch a BAD RAP?
Since the beginning of the weight-loss craze, which was ions ago, we’ve been programmed to work on losing fat, eating low fat or fat free foods, get our body fat measured. The spin on things comes from understanding that NOT ALL FAT IS BAD THOUGH! HORRAY! So, let’s debunk some myths and offer comparisons to help this all make sense…
* Has our obesity rate gone down with the rise of “Low Fat” and “Fat Free” foods? Nope. These foods tend to be higher in other areas such as simple carbohydrates and sugars and don’t have an even amount of macronutrient content.
* Trans fat and saturated fats found in most processed foods can raise cholesterol levels and not be properly utilized by the body. Whereas polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are GOOD for you and are vital to helping our bodies operate. Examples of foods high in these healthy fats include plant-based liquid oils such as: olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil and sesame oil as well as fattier fish such as trout, salmon, mackerel, & herring.
* All of the fat in our actual body (not speaking about food here) isn’t created equally. You have higher risk of health issues with an increase in fat levels around the abdomen and mid-body inside and out around organs and vital organs.
* Healthy fats are an energy source for the body that can help to increase metabolism and our ability to burn more in our workouts!
FAT AIN’T ALL THAT BAD – when you choose the right kind 😉
The goal with any guide in nutrition is to eat WHOLE FOOD, the food from the Earth, where your body is able to more efficiently process it for every day and additional activities!