It wasn’t that long ago that fat was this horribly maligned substance blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity. But times they are a changing. The truth has finally come out after years of misleading studies and so-called proof.
The reality of the matter is, fat is not the devil. When used strategically and in the right doses, it is actually very beneficial to your body.
Let’s take a closer look at why you would especially want to go the fatty direction to LOSE fat. We need to eat fat to lose fat.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
First of all, fat is calorie dense. It contains 9 calories per gram to be specific. You might be shaking your head back and forth at this news, but let me explain. Since it is higher in calories, it fills you up more for less overall food.
Look at nut butter, for example. An average serving consists of 2 tablespoons and you’re looking at about 200 calories.
If you had this exact amount for a snack in the middle of the afternoon, guess what would happen? You would feel satiated and your hunger would be under control until your next meal.
Blood Sugar Support
Another major reason why you’d want to switch to a higher fat diet is because fat does not even touch your blood sugar levels.
The same can’t be said for chips, pretzels, bagels, doughnuts and other processed carbohydrates.
Every time your blood sugar spikes, your pancreas releases a metric ton of insulin in an effort to stabilize the situation. Insulin is a notorious fat-storage hormone, so you create a favorable environment to hold on to stored fat.
Boost in Metabolism
When it comes to weight loss, it should never be about how many calories you burn in a given workout. Instead, you should always focus on how you can boost your metabolism 24 hours a day.
High-intensity exercise will definitely do that, but there are some other tricks of the trade that you can also incorporate. One is by adding more fat to your diet.
Coconut oil, for example, has long been known to boost metabolism. It has a particular type of healthy fat called medium chain triglycerides.
You may have heard these referenced to as MCTs. In addition, MCTs help give you energy so you get a bonus. Most healthy fats still have this effect on your body, but not all are as prominent as coconut oil.
Coconut oil also has a high content of saturated fat, but it is a particular type called lauric acid, which is actually beneficial. As an added perk, lauric acid has been known to kill bacteria and other pathogens in the body.
Remember that not all fats are the same. Stick more to the unsaturated kinds that have been known to reduce inflammation and decrease your risk for heart disease.
I already mentioned coconut oil and nut butters, but you should also try: red palm oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, hemp oil and sunflower seed oil. Nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and cold-water fish all make good options as well.
The last thing I’d like to mention is how to incorporate fats in your diet. It’s pretty simple – eat multiple meals throughout the day and make sure each one is balanced with protein, complex carbs and healthy fat.
This will fill you up, keep your energy high, metabolism boosted and blood sugar under control. A basic example of a meal would be oatmeal with a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of almond butter.
You have all three macronutrients represented and this meal will fill you up nicely.
OK, it’s time for you to make the shift. Let me know how you do and feel free to contact me for any additional help. My hotline is always open.