Consume Good Fat to Burn Stored Fat
One of the first things people assume when they start a new diet is that they'll be cutting fat. Perhaps they head to the grocery store and start throwing items labeled "fat-free", "reduced fat" and "low-calorie" into the cart, thinking they are making a healthy choice, but this isn't the case. Reducing or eliminating fat from the diet may be creating a bigger problem.
Fat-Free Doesn't Mean Healthy
Most grocery store foods labeled fat-free and low-fat are loaded up with sugar, carbs, artificial ingredients and other fillers to make them tastier and more satisfying. A diet high in sugar and carbs will trigger weight gain. You can eliminate fat all you want, but the end-result is going to be hunger and stalled weight loss.
Besides, you need fat. Fat is necessary for proper heart function. Your brain needs fat to stay healthy. Fat also keeps you full longer, which ultimately leads to fewer bouts of snacking and binge eating.
Good Fats Vs. Bad Fats
So now you know that adding fat to your diet and avoiding commercial "diet" and "low-fat" foods is best, but what are "good" fats, and where do you find them? Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the healthy fats that should be a part of your diet. These fats are found in foods such as:
- Milk products
Loading up on these healthy foods, while limiting sugar, empty carbs and fillers, is the key to not only weight loss but also a healthy heart and nervous system.
Unhealthy fats are trans fats found in many convenience foods at your supermarket. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is a trans fat found in things like margarine, shortening, chips, crackers, cookies, pre-made dough and many other foods. Aside from offering no nutritional benefits, trans fats raise your levels of bad cholesterol and cause inflammation, increasing the risks of heart disease, among other things.
Learn More about Fat, Diet and Nutrition
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