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Or dark chocolate…
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Now sit back and enjoy as I shatter the health myth you fear most.
FAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FAT
TOO much fat however, will make you fat.
And this is true for all macro-nutrients (proteins, carbs and fats alike). If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.
Yes, even a superfood such as avocados, regardless of how beneficial it is for your body, will increase the number on your scale if it exceeds your caloric goal.
Calories consumption is a concept you MUST understand but it shouldn’t be the one you live by.
Numbers aside, there’s a more important topic at hand and that’s your health.
After all, French Fries from Wendy’s and an Avocado both have 230 calories but you don’t need to be a dietitian to understand which one’s healthier.
GOOD FATS VS. BAD FATS
If you don’t read nutrition labels, I highly suggest you start. It’s the easiest and smallest step you can take towards a healthier life.
In other words, the answers are all there if you know what to look for.
Unsaturated fats for example, including polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats are considered the “good guys”.
Examples include: avocados, nuts, oils, salmon, cheese etc.
Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD explains that these fats can, “can help lower cholesterol levels as well as triglyceride levels and help reduce heart disease risk.”
The “bad guys” on the other hand are saturated fats and trans fatty acids.
“Both can raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries and increase heart disease risk and should be eaten sparingly” continues Kathleen.
While the naturally occurring trans fats aren’t the type to lose sleep over, the artificially occurring ones are the real threat in American diets.
Examples include: cookies, ice-cream, microwaved popcorn, fried foods etc.
HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO WEIGHT LOSS
Now that you have a basic understanding, here’s some incentive:
One study from the National Institution of Health, conducted by Kevin Hall, found that those who ate more fat compared to an identical amount of carbs, burned over 100 calories a day.
That may not sound like much, but in a year’s time, that amounts to 10 pounds lost.
Kevin also reported studies on brain imaging and brain function which found that eating more fat shut off their brain’s hunger and cravings centers.
In other words, fatty foods are more satiating.
Another study from human experiments found that those who ate high-fat diets had a much faster metabolism.
Whereas a low-fat, high-carb diet “led to spiked insulin, subsequently slowing their metabolism and storing belly fat,” explains Mark Hyman, MD.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE
Making any big change in your life requires small steps at first.
In terms of eating healthier, reading nutrition labels are a great place to start.
Aim for unsaturated fats and avoid saturated and trans fats. Not only will it benefit your health, it’ll also aid in lowering the number on your scale.
A step towards lowing the number on the scale is a step towards loving your body.
One more step towards loving your body is another step towards loving your life.
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