Blog - Are Fats Making Me Fat?
All the macronutrients are at the heart of some sort of controversy, fats are no exception. All over the world people are avoiding eating fats for fear of putting on weight or increasing their body fat percentage. Now a lot of people reading this be thinking that’s a fair enough conclusion. I mean surely eating fats increases the amount of fat you have on your body. What if I told that wasn’t the case and in fact you actually need to proportionately eat more fat than protein? It all comes down to what types of fat you eat and how much.
Are fats making me fat? 30% of your diet should be derived from fats, if someone continually gets less than 25% of their diet from fat, it would be deemed as unhealthy.
There are 2 types of fats, saturated and unsaturated. As with anything else if you eat too much of either you will put weight on and incur increased risks of other debilitating conditions. Remember fats have 9 Kcals per gram, which is more than twice that of Carbs and Protein (both have 4). Saturated fat has little to no benefit for the human body, this is frequently referred to as hard fat as it is solid at room temperature. People should avoid this, simple measures would include grilling and draining meat.
Unsaturated fats or, good fats come in the forms of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These are liquid at room temperature.Monounsaturated fats have a protective function against heart disease. Certain polyunsaturated fats are deemed essential and cannot be made by the body from other dietary fats. Polyunsaturated fats are broken down into essential fatty acid Omegas 3 & 6 and have many important roles in bodily function.
Omega 3 is found in pumpkin, linseed (Flax) and fish oils and aids brain function, maintains several processes within the blood; as well as improving immune function, metabolism and reduces inflammation.
Omega 6 is found in sesame, sunflower, evening primrose oil, borage flowers and improves numerous bodily functions, examples are relaxes blood vessels, prevents blood clots, improves nerve, immune and hormonal function.
As you can see it is imperative that we eat good fats to maintain the key processes that take place in our bodies. In terms of lifestyle foods high in bad fats are all around us, and normally in the things we crave. Whether these cravings are genuine desire or a psychological affect from ingenious marketing is debate for another day; however, they are there. It would be difficult to avoid these treats all the time, although we recommend our clients enjoy them as just that, a TREAT. Do not allow them to become routine. Indulges feel better when you’ve earned them…
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