HOW EATING FAT HAS WORKED FOR MY LONG TERM SUCCESS

HOW EATING FAT HAS WORKED FOR MY LONG TERM SUCCESS

“Fat free” and “low fat” has been imbedded in our heads since the 1980’s. Most of us have come to the realization that fat is not bad for us. However some diets continue to promote these products, without focusing on the carbs and/or sugar. Of course everything in moderation, we should never eliminate any one food group.

ARE FOODS HIGHER IN CARBS HEALTHIER THAN HIGH FAT FOODS??

Would you choose pasta, rice, bread, and fruit, cereal ,or even candy as a healthy alternative to almonds, avocado, salmon, tuna, peanut butter, or dark chocolate? I wouldn’t, yet some diets still recommend foods because they are low fat.

I understand that many have had success losing weight on certain “diets”. My goal is long term weight loss success as well as eating healthy! I believe we need a better understanding on why we can eat fat and pay attention to how much sugar, carbs, and fiber is in our food. Just because something is low fat and” lo cal” doesn’t make it healthier.

I myself have been very successful as well as the many clients I have counseled by eating fat and limiting sugar and carb intake. I can’t stress enough how important label reading and understanding is for your daily eating plan. With any plan it is so important to pay attention to portion control

!* DID YOU KNOW??Dark chocolate contains cocao butter, which is high in saturated fat, however ⅓ of chocolate’s fat comes from stearic acid which does not raise LDL ( the bad ) cholesterol.

I have shown 2 images of ground turkey vs. ground beef, which seems to be a typical “healthier”substitute. The differences are minimal but the end result is that the lean ground beef is healthier.  Most products that are low fat or fat free contain more sugar or artificial sweeteners which we have learned is NOT a better alternative! These lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, dementia, high cholesterol, etc. Our bodies do not need sugar like we need fat.

Why Fat is ESSENTIAL to our health:

  • Keeps you full-not carbs and sugar
  • Helps absorb vitamins A,D,E, and K- they cannot function without fat
  • Insulates the body and help sustain a normal core temperature
  • Stabilizes cholesterol and lowers your overall risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Helps protect your organs
  • Provides energy- better than carbs
  • Helps regulate your hormones

Of course there is a difference in the types of fats we should be consuming. Always avoid trans fats, consume saturated fats in moderation, and add lots of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated.

It has been labeled that fat, especially saturated fat is the cause of heart disease.

*studies also show that almost 40% of Americans saturated fat intake comes from pizza, cookies, cake, processed meat, fries, pasta dishes, candy and chips, all of which contain high count of carbohydrates and sugar!

* Only 23 % of Americans’ saturated fat intake comes from whole foods like eggs, organic beef, cheese, nuts and butter.

CARBOHYDRATES AFFECT YOUR CHOLESTEROL!

In a nutshell…every time carbs are absorbed ( approx every 10 grams), your body secretes insulin. The liver breaks down glycogen molecules into glucose and is used for energy. Glycogen is the prefered storage form of glucose since it is easily accessible, however there is limited space inside the liver.

Therefore, excess glucose ( if we don’t burn it for energy) needs a different storage form. So the liver transforms this glucose into new molecules of triglycerides, also known as body fat. Eating excess carbs can lead to an increase in saturated fat levels in the blood.

After a meal, the body will burn glucose before it burns fat.

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