The theory that eating fat will make you fat has been debunked over and over however many people still believe that eating fat will make you overweight. I was one of those people while growing up. I feared FAT. My mindset was the less fat I would eat, the fewer calories I would consume and I would lose weight.
How did that work out for me? Not so well.
Fat adds flavor and texture to food. When foods are marked “low fat” they are often high in sugar to replace the fat. This helps make them palatable. Eating these “low fat”, high-sugar foods can mistakenly cause you to pack on the pounds.
Nutrition is much more complicated then calories in vs. calories out.
Not all calories have the same impact on our weight and metabolism. For example, a donut from Wall Drug (my favorite stop) may have the same amount of calories as an avocado but the difference is how our bodies use these calories (hormones, metabolism and appetite).
Eating Fat Helps you Burn More Calories
A study conducted by the NIH found those who ate more fat compared to an identical amount of carbs burned over 100 more calories a day. This study also found that eating more healthy fat shuts off your brain’s hunger and craving centers. Not only does fat make our palates happy, we feel fuller longer. When fat intake comes from the highly addictive, hyper-processed junk food (chips, cookies, donuts, cake…) it overrides that natural feeling of fullness and we keep eating!
The body requires fat to run well.
When we start to restrict calories and exercise more to lose weight – sound familiar? – Our body becomes alarmed and goes into starvation mode. This makes you more tired, slows down metabolism and makes you hungrier.
Side note: Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories
Several studies have found that higher fat diets can speed up metabolism. They have also shown large improvements in cholesterol and with pre-diabetes.
As you can see, the human body thrives on eating healthy fats. Don’t fear it. Get rid of the “low fat” foods and make room for some healthy fats. It’s all about being balanced. Fat is part of the equation and you will be amazed how much BETTER your food tastes!
– 5 Pull-Ups (2 MUs)
– 10 Push-Ups (5 HSPU)
– 15 Squats (10 Pistols)
**every 4 minutes 200m Run**