We’ve had it drilled in to us that eating fat, especially saturated fat, will go straight to our thighs and make us fat. So most of us have been secretly avoiding all fats like the plague.
All of the low-fat, high fibre diets, calorie counting, and the vilification of oils and fats have made even the smartest and nutritionally conscious women worried about including any kind of fats in their diet.
So lets put this silly old myth to rest once and for all.
Let’s be honest, fatty foods taste good. Well of course they do, our bodies are designed to crave fat not only for their energy content but we need it to be healthy and function at an optimal level. So we seek out fatty goodness no matter how hard we might try not to.
- coconut milk and oil,
- nuts and seeds,
- vegetable oils,
- egg yolks,
- Good quality, organic meat
not only keep us satisfied longer, which is what we intermittent fasters like to hear, but are essential for the structure of our cells, for our bodies to properly use protein and certain vitamins and do not equate to fat on thighs, no matter what we’ve been told.
Fat boosts our immune system, improves our heart health, and can even support our weight loss efforts by slowing food absorption and increasing our metabolism.
While the “fat makes you fat” stigma is still strong, it’s slowly losing it’s grip.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years you will have heard about ‘good fats’, the mono and poly fats from plant sources such as nuts, avocados, fatty fish, and vegetable oils.
These are full of essential health benefits and eating them is not just good for your health but omega 3 fats found in many of these foods are essential to rebuild your cells and for healthy weight loss.
Saturated fat does not clog your arteries.
If your body is experiencing inflammation in the bloodstream, as it would from a diet high in refined sugars, processed foods and the general crap that comes in packets with preservatives and chemicals, the body will create more cholesterol to heal the artery walls.
It’s the inflammation that causes the cholesterol to get stuck on the artery walls. The cholesterol isn’t actually the problem.
It has nothing to do with saturated fat or cholesterol in your diet. The only way to reduce this inflammation is to cut out the inflammatory agent, (being the crappy food) and adding essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 to your diet.
Your body will also create more cholesterol in the absence of good omega 3 fats, so that’s why it’s become well known that taking omega 3 supplements reduces cholesterol.
Low-fat diets also have been shown to lead to an increase in metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes, as well as high cholesterol and heart disease.
So Enjoy Good Fats
So the moral of this story is that good fats are essential for health and weight loss. Go and enjoy delicious, wholesome fatty foods (good fat), especially after fasts, and it will only make fasting more enjoyable and life so much easier.
But just as importantly, eat natural, whole foods that are not unprocessed as much as possible and listen to what your body needs.
Our bodies know what they’re doing and are pretty darn good at healing and regulating themselves, given the right nutrients.
Our job is to do what our body tells us instead of what we are told by anyone else.