Eat Fat to Lose Fat.
The above phrase must sounds very weird to most of the people reading this. The fact that eating fat could actually make you lose fat for a healthier life style wouldnâ€™t really make sense to many. Most of our lives we have made a conscious effort to avoid eating food that contains fat, but I am here to tell you that the right kind of fat can actually be good for you.
Fats actually help your body absorb Vitamins A, D and E, which are vital for your nervous system. Most people donâ€™t know but out of our total daily calories, 20 to 30 percent should come from fats. The key here is to pick the good for you fats and stay away from bad kind of fats.
Unsaturated Fats : The Good Fats
Unsaturated fats can further be divided into two kindâ€™s monounsaturated and poly saturated fats.
Monounsaturated fats: Â These fats raise good high-density lipoprotein which helps carry cholesterol to all parts of your body. Theses also lower the Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Some research also says that these also prevent belly fat. Most of the fat you eat should be monounsaturated. Theses fats can be found in olive oil, canola oil, peanuts, and cashew nuts. Just by having two, three table spoons of olive oil a day you can increase your HDL levels which protects against heart aches.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Polyunsaturated fats _Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : These fats also help lower the bad Low-density lipoprotein and also contain the essential omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 strengths your immune system and boosts your brain function. And small amounts of Omega 6 fatty acids are good for your skin. Most of the polyunsaturated fats you should be consuming should be Omega 3s, as too much of omega 6 fatty acids can lead to inflammation. The best source of Omega 3 is fish, which is a good choice of food if you are looking to lose weight.
Saturated fats: the bad fats
These fats are considered to be bad fats as they affect your bodyâ€™s cholesterol and your low-density lipoproteins which contribute to heart disease. When trying to lose weight, consumption of foods high on unsaturated fats can have detrimental effects. This is because these foods are often high on calories and dietary fats, which contribute to weight gain. To lose weight the amount of intake of unsaturated fat should be as minimal as possible. So when trying to lose weight try and avoid high-fat animal products and substitute them for healthy sources of mono and poly unsaturated fats. Instead of eating high-fat meats, try substituting these products with beans or legumes, which serve as low-calorie, high-protein sources.
Trans fats: The ugly
These fats are made from unsaturated fats that are chemically altered to prolong the shelf lives of the packaged foods. These fats raise the level of Low-Density lipoproteins which are bad for you and decrease the level of good High- density lipoproteins. This leads to increasing inflammation throughout the body and promote heart diseases. These fats donâ€™t provide your body with any essential nutrients and are absolutely not necessary for you. The consumption of these fats should be zero especially if you are trying to lose fat.
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