By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)
There seems to of have been a slight misunderstanding rolling around regarding the effects of fat on our bodies. In the past, we were told that the more fat you eat, the fatter you will get. For the longest time, we were told that fat is the bad guy… Well, turns out that fat is actually kind of good for you and it could even actually help with weight loss and disease prevention. Wait, what?
For years now, we have held on to dietary myths regarding the negative effects of fat on our health such as: Fat makes us fatter, a fatty diet will contribute to heart disease, fat will give you diabetes, remove saturated fats from your diet and the list goes on and on. Truth is, by abiding by these “quotes” we have been preventing ourselves from taking advantage of all the positive effects fat can offer. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain fats that do not belong in our diets however, let’s now throw them all in the same basket. Eating the right kinds of fats can actually help you be a happier, healthier and more energetic you!
Did you know that the average person’s body is composed of 15-30% fat? Fat is an essential part of a balanced diet and is a crucial part of our well-being. We need fat! So, why have we been trying to eliminate it? By following a low-fat diet without sufficient education, most tend to end up following a high sugar diet. Think about it. The next time you head to the grocery, take a look at the sugar content in fat-free foods… Not cool…
We now know that a high-refined carb diet can lead to a whole bunch of problems such as insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, the overproduction of insulin, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and the list goes on.
Fat is not the problem. The excess amounts of sugar that we consume is responsible for our ever-growing waistlines… According to Dr. Mark Hyman, an American Physician and the author of Eat Fat & Get Thin, by eating the right kinds of fats you could actually stimulate fat burning (since your are no longer consuming added sugars), increase your metabolism, cut hunger, optimize cholesterol profiles, reverse type II diabetes and even reduce the risk for heart disease!
Here are a few facts to remember and take home from Dr. Hyman’s book:
Sugar, Not Fat, Makes You Fat
The average American eats 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour that converts to sugar every year. That’s nearly a pound of sugar and flour combined every day! More sugar means your cells become numb to insulin’s “call.” Your body pumps out more and more insulin to pull your blood sugar levels back down. You can’t burn all the sugar you eat. Inevitably, your body stores it as fat, creating insulin resistance and overall metabolic havoc among other mayhem.
Dietary Fat Is More Complex Than Sugar
There are some 257 names for sugar, but despite very minor variations, they all create the same damage. In other words, sugar is sugar is sugar; it all wreaks havoc on your health. Fat is more complex. We have saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and even trans fats, not to mention subcategories within each group. Some fats are good; others neutral; and yes, a few are bad.
Saturated Fat Is Not Your Enemy
A review of all the research on saturated fat published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease. As with all fats, quality becomes key here. The fats in a fast-food bacon feedlot cheeseburger will have an entirely different effect than saturated fat in coconut oil. Let’s stop classifying it all as the same.
Some Fats Are Unhealthy
They include trans fat and inflammatory vegetable oils. Unfortunately, these fats have increased in our diet as they make us fatter and contribute to inflammation, which plays a role in nearly every chronic disease on the planet.
Everyone Benefits From More Omega 3s
About 99 percent of Americans are deficient in these critical fats. Ideal ways to get them include eating wild or sustainable raised cold-water fish (at least two servings weekly), buying omega-3 rich eggs, and taking an omega-3 supplement twice a day with breakfast and dinner that contains 500 – 1,000 milligrams of omega-3 fats (a ratio of roughly 300 EPA to 200 DHA is ideal). You’ll find several quality professional omega 3 supplements in my store.
Your Body Gives You Signs Whether Or Not You Are Getting Enough Quality Fat
The higher-quality the fat, the better your body will function. That’s because the body uses the fat you eat to build cell walls. You have more than 10 trillion cells in your body, and every single one of them needs high-quality fat. How do you know if your cells are getting the fats they need? Your body sends signals when it’s not getting enough good fats. Warning signs include:
- Dry, itchy, scaling, or flaking skin
- Soft, cracked, or brittle nails
- Tiny bumps on the backs of your arms or torso
I eat fat with every meal, and I’ve never felt better. The right fats can improve your mood, skin, hair, and nails, while protecting you against Type 2 diabetes, dementia, cancer, and much more.
Take a deeper look and read the full article on Dr. Mark Hyman’s website!