Does fat make you fat? Fat is a high calorie food. One gram provides 9 calories, versus 4 calories per gram for carbs and protein. So cutting down calorie-dense fat is the best way to lose weight. Right? Not necessarily. You can, and should, eat fat to trim up and for your overall health as long as it is the right kind. What kind of fat you eat and don’t eat is much more important than how much.
Fats do lots of awesome things for your body like contribute to brain function and healthy mental well-being, play a crucial part of cell structure, balance hormones, help you make babies, help you absorb fat-soluble vitamins, and support immune health and a healthy heart. I sincerely hope that last sentence will dispel the bad reputation that still lingers around fats. So fat is good but what kind should you eat, and what should you avoid?
Eat fats in their whole food form. Whole, unprocessed fats help reduce inflammation and provide quick energy, and can help with weight loss. Medium-chain triglycerides from extra virgin coconut oil will aid a healthy metabolism. Next to fiber, fats help slow the absorption of carbs, helping prevent blood sugar spikes. So next time you eat dinner, remember you are actually better off putting a little butter on your mashed potatoes.
Vegetable oils are heavily processed and have been linked to chronic inflammation and heart disease. Processed oils are not only damaging to the body, but also contribute to thyroid problems and slow metabolism. If you want to lose weight, the last thing you should eat is refined oils. Avoid fried foods, and cut down on condiments and dressings that are usually made with refined oils, and cook with unrefined oil like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
So eating healthy fat is a win-win. Face it: low-fats foods taste crappy and are usually higher in sugar anyway. Steer clear of processed oils, eat nuts and seeds, fish and full-fat dairy, cook with only unrefined, extra virgin oils and your body and taste buds will thank you.
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