For years and years, we have been told that the only way to lose weight and be healthy was to cut the fat out of our diets. Studies have proven that this is not necessarily true. Sugar is our enemy. Yes fats such as trans-fats and hydrogenated fats are fats that need to be steered clear of, but healthy fat is a necessity to be able to burn fat! A lot of the time the people eating things labeled “low-fat” are eating foods that are high in sugar, have refined processed carbs and lots of calories which is way worse than eating some saturated fat in beef or bacon.
Having a balanced diet that consists of the right carbs that are not refined or ‘starchy’, the right fats and protein is what people need in order to get their cholesterol levels in good ranges and slim their figure. According to Fitness Magazine, “In a research analysis, scientists discovered that there wasn’t enough proof to link saturated fat to either heart disease or stroke. In fact, researchers found that limiting intake of saturated fats did not make much difference, especially when they looked at what people ate instead: vegetable oils instead of animal fats and a bagel instead of bacon. By replacing saturated fats with starchy carbs makes your insulin levels spike because it is processed as sugar which your body then stores for fat instead of energy” (Kuzemchak, Sally).
Studies have also found that many people have lowered their bad cholesterol and raised their good by eating less carbs and more saturated fats while also shedding more pounds. The reason for this is their insulin levels are not spiking, they are able to curb hunger because their blood sugar levels are not all over the place and their metabolisms were working at a steady and faster pace. Eating saturated fat in the right quantities still needs to be taken into account, but by eating a slice of cheese or yogurt versus a bagel or 100 calorie pack of crackers will make a lot of difference. Foods that include ‘good’ saturated fats are dark chocolate, coconut oil, lean chicken and beef, cheese and eggs.
You may have also heard of these unsaturated fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated which are great for your diet as well. Foods with monounsaturated fats include olive oil, butter and avocado and foods with polyunsaturated fats include nuts and omega-3s in fish. To find out more about the health benefits of saturated fats and unsaturated fats visit http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_fats.htm for more info!
Comment below and let me know how incorporating some of these fats in your diet have had a positive impact on your diet!