For years now there has been the old rhetoric that fat is bad, leads to disease and overall makes us unhealthy. But what if this wasn’t the case? What if fats were actually good for us? This may actually be true. A number of research papers have come out providing results for the fact that fats are good for us! Not all fats of course, there are still fats that are bad for us such as trans fats found in fast food and processed food. The good fats that are a clean source of fuel for our body are natural fats.
We have been surrounded by the fat free revolution. It can be seen at the shops, on TV and in advertising that fat free is the best option. These show up in products like fat free yoghurt, meals, milk and many other products. But when they take out the fat, they usually replace it with another ingredient which most of the time in sugar and sugar is one of the worst ingredients in food that we can consume.
Turning your body into a fat burning machine can take time but once it switches over, you will feel even better than you did before. Eating higher amounts of fats will give you increased energy and will leave you feeling fuller for longer so that you are less likely to overeat. This doesn’t mean you should cut out other food groups. The percentages of the three main micronutrients should be as follows:
- Fat 45%
- Protein 30%
- Carbohydrates 25%
Fat has 9 calories per gram so in reality this 45% isn’t a huge amount. For most people it will be between 70-100 grams which spread out over the course of day is easy to achieve. A large amount of foods contain good fats and some examples are avocados, nuts, eggs, fish, certain meats, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full fat Greek yoghurt.
10 benefits of eating natural fats include:
- Is a cleaner fuel source
- Stabilisation of insulin levels
- Saturated fats improve liver function
- Aids in cell communication and repair
- Helps to produce hormones
- Lowers cravings
- Increase in satiety and enjoyment
- Provides the heart with energy
- Reduction in brain fog
- Increased energy levels
Eating an increased amount of fat will lead to the body performing at an increased rate. The body will be able to burn fat better and you will be able to see improved results in your exercise. You will feel less fatigued throughout your day and overall you will feel great and to answer the question from the beginning, fat is your friend!