IF YOU WANT TO LOSE FAT – YOU HAVE GOT TO EAT FAT
Now for some this does sound crazy I understand … but honestly I could not offer a better tip that just that. Although as usual there is the fine print with such a statement. You have to eat the RIGHT types of fat which are essential to our diet and important for good health. These are the GOOD FATS. But what are the different types of fats and which ones are good or better than others??
Simple!! Here is a quick and easy explanation to help you understand.
SATURATED FATS; These fats are usually solid at room temperature ie fats in meat, coconut, butter and cheese. These fats are important however eating excessive amounts of these fats are NOT good for our overall health.
UNSATURATED FATS; There fats ARE IMPORTANT to our health and should be consumed on a daily basis. Unsaturated fats decrease the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and reduce/prevent belly fat (yes please). There are TWO TYPES of unsaturated fats – Mono and Poly;
Mono-unsaturated fat; are the omega 3 fats found in chia seeds and oily fish ie salmon and omega 6 fats found in some oils and nuts such as sunflower oil and brazil nuts.
Poly-unsaturated fat; found in olive and canola oil and nuts and seeds such as cashews, almonds and flax seeds.
UGLY TRANS-FATS; trans fats are unsaturated fats that have been processed and as a result act as saturated fats. eating trans fats ARE BAD!!! they are found in most packages foods and also in some butters and margarine’s. Use food labels to seek out these trans fats.
YOU SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON INCLUDING AS MANY UNSATURATED FATS AS POSSIBLE INTO YOUR DAILY DIET
Here are 5 healthy unsaturated fats that you should include in your diet tomorrow! See how many you can get on your plate and make the smart swap!!
2. Almonds and cashews
3. Salmon or tuna
4. Olive oil
5. Peanut butter
I happily eat every single one of the above 5 favourite fats on a daily basis and my body could not thank me more for it!! (satay salmon stir fry topped with cashews followed by avocado mousse for dessert? Done) A lot of people have always thought that products with ‘low-fat’ or ‘diet’ written on them are always the better choice. However I personally believe this is incorrect. The only reason such products are ‘low fat or fat free’ is because the fat has been artificially extracted and most likely replaced with sugar and chemicals. (hello chemical sh*t storm) Eat whole products like whole fat milk and whole fat yoghurt. Fat will keep you fuller for longer and avoid sugar spikes or cravings meaning you are less likely to pig out on junk foods and the ugly trans fats.
Have a generous thumb size amount of fat in EVERY meal or snack. It digests slowly, so you feel satisfied for a longer period and eat less overall. Reach for a few of these heart healthy fats every day!!!