Eat Fat to Lose Fat…..Say What?

How many times have you been told to limit your fat intake because having a diet high in fat will ultimately make you fat?  Then they flip the script on you and tell you to lower your carbohydrates and increase your fats.  THEN they say too much fat will negatively affect your cholesterol and blood lipids.  It’s a constant back and forth battle.  So, what the heck are you supposed to do?  Well, you should eat fat to lose fat.  Are you confused yet?  Good, my job here is done.  See you in the next article.  Just kidding… let’s discuss why you should eat fat to lose fat. 

But Fat Will Make You Fat?

Wrong.  Well, kind of.  Our body needs fat to help with everyday processes that protein and carbohydrates cannot.  Things such as cognition, absorption of vitamins and minerals, protection of nerves, building cell membranes, and hormone production.

When we cut out fat from our diet, many can experience symptoms such as brain fog and a lack of energy.  Both of which will negatively affect your productivity at work and in the gym – not a good thing.  Additionally, we also need some body fat, especially around our organs to act as a cushion and for protection.

We have bad fat, good fat, and “middle of the road” fat.  Bad fat is obviously trans fat and it should be avoided.  The “middle of the road” fat are the saturated fats.  And the good fats are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. 

What are some of the benefits associated with consuming healthy fats?

  • Help with weight loss and fat reduction
    •  Help those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes to lower medication dosages
    •  Help improve memory
    •  Help lower triglycerides
    •  Help lower total cholesterol
    •  Help lower LDL levels
    •  Help increase HDL levels 

When we consume unhealthy fat like trans fat is where we can run into issues with changing blood lipids, increasing body fat storage, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, increasing blood pressure, among other health risks (such as cancer).   

How Can Fat Help You Lose Weight?

There are actually many ways that fat can help you lose weight.  When you consume healthy fats, they have the ability to slow down digestion.  This allows you to feel full longer and remain satiated long after you’re done with your meal.  This prevents you from over-eating or binge-eating later in the day.  If you aren’t consuming extra snacks or over-eating, it can severely save you from adding body fat over as little as one month’s time. 

Fats are also a great energy source.  When you have energy, you can put forth a greater effort in the gym and with your workouts.  The harder you push yourself, the higher the caloric burn.  And if you push yourself hard enough in the gym or utilize techniques such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) you can continue to keep the furnace burning fat long after completing your workout – ultimately turning your body into a fat burning machine. 

An example of a healthy fat that can help you lose weight are MCTs (medium chain triglycerides).  In the body, these are treated like carbohydrates where they are metabolized by the liver to produce energy that the body can use as fuel. 

What are some healthy fats to consider adding to your diet?

  • Meat 
  • Eggs 
  • Fish 
  • Cheese 
  • Milk 
  • Yogurt 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Seeds 
  • Avocados 
  • Coconuts 
  • Nuts 
  • Nut Butters (like Nuts N More spreads) 

Another great advantage of consuming healthy fats is that it helps cut down on inflammation.  Why is this important?  It allows you to remove the puffiness that you might be showing on different parts of your body.  Additionally, being that healthy fats are good for your joints, it helps support mobility and lubricate joints to keep them healthy.  Healthy joints help you MOVE more. 

So, if you want to battle the bulge or get in better shape…Fight fat with fat!

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik