Happy new-blog-post-day everyone 🥰
I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be sharing some info about a topic I’m asked about regularly ~ fat in our diets.
While many people may assume that adding substantial amounts of fat in our diets will be at the detriment of our waistlines, the reality is that there is a lot more to this than one may think.
The truth is that, regardless of the type of fat, or food source, gram per gram, fat contains more calories than protein and / or carbohydrates.
Keto diets (whereby 80-90% of calories consumed come from fat) are all the rage right now. So how can a food that is higher in calories be responsible for weight loss?
While I personally do not agree with a drastic approach to diet, and proper keto is certainly very drastic, there is no disputing the results. Keto diets work, in a nutshell, because our bodies, when deprived of sugars (that come from carbs), produce ketones which burn fat.
However, if you do attempt a high(er) fat diet, do ensure that you’re consuming HEALTHY FATS that come from plant sources and not saturated animal fats that are harmful to our health!
A balanced, nutrient dense diet is certainly a more favorable, long term, far healthier approach to eating and nourishing our bodies. Good fats definitely have a place here too!
Consuming healthy high fat foods such as nuts, seeds, nut butters, olive oils, flaxseed oils etc is very important for our overall health. This is not to say that one cannot enjoy the occasional food that contains saturated or animal fats in moderation.
Fat is not only flavor, it also contains important nutrients that are VITAL for our wellbeing. Essentials Fatty Acids (EFAs) as the name implies, are essential to our survival. They contain nutrients that our bodies need to survive and also allow the body to absorb certain vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin D.
While we do not need huge quantities of fat in our diets, it is important to include good fat sources daily. This will help keep you satisfied for longer and as a result, you’ll likely won’t consume extra food!
(Also: Be warned that many processed low fat foods tend to contain higher amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives. This tends to make them the less healthy option!)
Consuming minimally processed and Whole Foods is always the way to go. If you’re trying to cut down on calories, go for smaller portions instead of cutting out the fat! Fats keep us fuller and more satisfied for far longer!
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