Will eating Fat Make you Fat? The answer may surprise you!

If you have followed all the crazy diet recommendations concerning fat over the decade, they would lead you to believe that Fat is BAD, but is it really?  Is all fat bad or just certain fats?   Do you find yourself going through the grocery aisles, looking for low fat labels, or grabbing low fat, skim milk, cheese, butter (or butter substitutes)?  Are these products really healthier for you?

                                 

bigstock-Depressed-woman-with-measure-t-55770338The fact is, not all fats are bad…and not all fats are good either. 

So what’s the skinny on fat? 

Which fats are good and which fats are bad?

Is fat your friend or foe? 

Some fats are actually very good for you and essential to optimum health.  Did you know that there are actually fats that can help you burn fat and turn into a lean, mean “fat” burning machine? Yes, that’s right, eating fat can actually help you burn fat. Take avocados, for instance, most people don’t think of guacamole as a fat-burning snack because it’s very high in fat, but avocados are actually one of the healthiest, fat blasting foods around.  In fact, the notion that eating fat makes you fat couldn’t be more wrong.

Eating fat, and lots of it, is a critical part of achieving optimal health and creating the body you want.

Why?  Here are 9 great reasons:

1.  When added to a meal, fat slows gastric emptying and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels in response to a meal.

2.  Like protein, fats keep you feeling full and satiated much longer than carbs do.

3.  Due to the above fact, eating fat also helps you avoid carb cravings (which is the real contributor to increased body fat levels).

4.  Fat helps to optimize your hormone levels as fat is a major player in your endocrine (hormone) system.

5.  Fat, particularly Omega 3’s contributes to healthier skin, hair, and a more youthful appearance.

6.  Fat also plays a critical role in your nervous system, giving you energy and keeping you alert.  In fact, DHA accounts for up to 97% of the omega-3 fatty acids in the brain.  If you want a healthy brain, make sure you’re getting plenty of high quality, clean Omega-3 fat every day.

7.  Given the same calorie intake, by introducing more fat into your diet you’ll automatically reduce your carb intake.  Carbs can be really troublesome when it comes to losing belly fat.

8.  There are even certain types of fats, like CLA found in grass fed beef and organic dairy products, that have been shown to boost metabolism.

9.  Omega -3 fats have also been proven to help inflammation which can lead to chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.

When it comes to LOSING fat, and creating OPTIMUM health, EATING fat is king!

So where can you get sources of good, clean fats for your body?  Here’s my top recommendations:

Omega-3’s

  • High quality, double distilled fish or krill oil supplement.  Not all supplements are created the same.  If you are going to take a supplement, make sure if you are taking a high quality, clean form.  I personally know that I do not get enough Omega-3 from my diet alone, so I prefer taking a Omega-3 supplement and LOVE IT!.  Feel free to contact me if you to need a good Omega -3 supplement, too.
  • Flax seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Sardines (deep sea, not farmed)
  • Salmon (deep sea, not farmed)

 

Other “Must Haves” to include in your diet:

  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Toasted Sesame oil
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Almond Butter

 

Make it a point this week to include some of these wonderful “fatty additions” to your diet and see how you feel.  Your body and brain will thank you for it!

Here’s one of my favorite easy guacamole recipes to get your started:

3 avocados

1/4 c chopped onion

1/2 bunch chopped cilantro

1/2 squeezed lemon

10  diced organic cherry tomatoes

1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt (to taste)

 

Mash avocados, and add all ingredients.  Cover and cool in refrigerator for at least one hour.  Enjoy.  Great addition to your scrambles eggs or on sprouted grain toast!  Yumm!

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