For years fat has been painted as the “bad guy” when it comes to weight loss. This is untrue, eating fat can actually help you lose weight.
There are three major constituents of food: there is protein, there is carbohydrate and of course, there is fat.
Fats in your diet
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One of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to dieting is that you have to cut out fat in order to lose fat.
But if you have learned anything from your dieting troubles in the past, you probably understand by now that cutting out a major nutrient or food group will never do your body any good.
Your body was built to function on these three food constituents.
The big three
If you take one away, your body develops a system to find other ways to convert food to fat. The key is achieving a well-balanced lifestyle.
Fats can be great for you, even when you’re looking to shed pounds. But I’m not talking about just any kinds of fats; there are some fats that are easier to digest than others.
These fats are called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
These are fats you have probably heard of before but aren’t eating enough of.
It may come as a surprise to you to find that there are fats to boost metabolism while boosting your immune system and your brain activity as well.
Monounsaturated fatty acids
Monounsaturated fats are the type of wholesome fats that come from sources like nuts, canola oil, olive oil and avocados.
These fats play a number of roles in the body. Not only do they improve blood cholesterol levels but they also regulate your blood sugars.
Fats with weight loss properties?
These types of fats have implications on reducing the risk of heart disease as well as diabetes. But besides all of the health benefits that go along with consuming mono-unsaturated fats, there are weight loss properties as well.
Daniele Piomelli, the Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences, and his coworkers found that monounsaturated fatty acids stimulate the production of a substance called Oleoylethanolamine, or OEA, in the body.
Consuming mono-unsaturated fats in small portions throughout the day may curb your appetite and decrease your overall calories.
OEA signals the brain and simply tells it; “Stop eating, you’re getting full.”
Polyunsaturated fats on the other hand come in many forms but the most important form is Omega-3 fatty acids.
These fatty acids are called “essential fats” because they cannot be produced by the body.
Sources of Omega-3 are found in fish such as salmon and mackerel.
Omega-3 plays an interesting role in the body. According to an article published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, upon digestion Omega-3 causes your intestinal cells to begin to utilize more fat for energy use than energy storage.
This finding suggests that Omega-3’s help cut down body fat without reducing calorie intake.
Everything in moderation
If you’re watching your calorie intake, don’t fret. High fat foods might be dense when it comes to calories but they also stimulate a lot of positive movment in your metabolism.
Getting moderate portions of healthy fats like mono- and polyunsaturated fats every day will help you lose weight when paired with an overall well-balanced lifestyle.
Don’t forget, essential fats are also a major part of brain development and helps keep your immune system healthy and strong. Consuming fats regularly will not only keep you in shape, but sharp as well.
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