Friday, March 14, 2014

The dirty F- word

hey now kids, get your mind outta the gutter.... not that F- word
I'm talking about Fat.

Did you know that if you increase the amount of fat in your diet, it could actually help you to lose more fat from your body? Trippy I know.. but here's what research is saying. 

Monounsaturated Fats 
What they do: These fats, known as MUFAs, raise good HDL cholesterol, lower bad LDL cholesterol, and protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries. They also help prevent belly fat, according to research.

Polyunsaturated Fats
What they do: In addition to lowering your LDL, these fats contain essential omega-3 fatty acids -- which boost brain function and may help strengthen your immune system and improve your mood -- and omega-6 fatty acids, which in small amounts can keep skin and eyes healthy. 

Stay away from Saturated Fats and Trans Fats 
(those won't help you in the health department.)

By showing your body that it is getting a consistent source of external fat from your diet, it will be more willing to let go of the fat it is currently holding. 
calories in = calories out... still holds true of course

Fat is energy. Your body does not want to give up this valuable fuel source. We may think that fat is a nuisance, but your body thinks otherwise. It loves fat. Providing 9 calories per gram, fat provides a dense source of energy for your body. The downside? Fat has 9 calories per gram, and is a dense source of energy for your body. Great for your body, but bad for you when you want to get rid of it. By not severely limiting your fat intake, you signal to your body that there is no famine or lack of available energy in the near future, and that it is OK to shed some of the energy reserves it currently holds.

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