Fat is not a naughty word when it comes to eating a balanced, healthy diet. It is often seen as the enemy but nothing could be further from the truth.
Our bodies need fat. Granted, it needs to be the right kind of fat, but without it you can’t possibly be enjoying a healthy, fully nutritious diet.
Fat is necessary to lose weight and build muscle and it is any extremely essential part of your diet.
The fats in your diet should really come from unsaturated sources, especially if you’re looking to lose weight.
Unsaturated fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and they include everything from olive oil to avocados and oily fish to seeds and nuts.
Unsaturated fat isn’t packed with the dangerous LDL cholesterol you find in saturated fats. Unsaturated fats can help you burn body fat without cutting your calories too drastically.
Below is a closer look at exactly why the right kind of fats are good for you and should make up a considerable portion of your diet.
Your body needs a combination of three macronutrients for energy: protein, carbohydrates and fat. One gram of fat is packed full of more than twice the energy per gram than the other too. With no fat in your diet, it seems you will not have the fuel you need to burn calories.
A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that fatty acids can also boost metabolic health.
Fat isn’t the simplest nutrient and its complex structure makes it moderately hard to digest and it spends a little more than average time in your digestive system when compared to other nutrients. This means you’ll feel fuller for longer and should experience less cravings or the urge to head to the fridge.
There are a whole host of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, D, E and K which are fat-soluble and this means your body simply cannot absorb them without fat.
If your body isn’t absorbing nutrients properly then there is absolutely no point eating them in the first place and you will be at risk of vitamin deficiencies. You need fat to ensure you get the best out of other foods.
Anybody who puts themselves on a diet finds themselves miserable within a few weeks. Eating good foods makes us happy and enjoying our food makes it much easier to keep eating the right things.
Low-fat versions are not going to pack the full punch that healthy fatty foods offer and low-fat foods also won’t curb any cravings for fatty foods.
Research from Purdue University suggests our taste buds can detect fat in food so let them enjoy it, in moderation, and in unsaturated form.
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