How many items in your fridge or cupboards are labeled “Fat Free,” “Low Fat,” “Light,” etc?
How often do you find yourself reaching for those products over the “Regular” versions simply because the fat content is lower?
And lastly, for as long as you’ve been consuming the lower fat options, has your body been reaping benefits? Have you actually lost fat?
Though I don’t know you, I can safely say your body didn’t just let go of all it’s fat since those products were introduced into your diet!
The truth is, fat isn’t bad for you! Naturally occurring fat that is. Foods like avocados, nuts and seeds, olive and coconut oils, full fat cheese, and a slew of others, actually promote fat loss and good health! As with anything, moderation is still needed, but including daily doses of healthy fats aids in maintaining a healthy body.
Here’s a few benefits given from healthy fat:
- It’s a natural insulator: Fat helps coat everything from organs to nerves and cells to protect them against shock, optimize healthy functioning, and regulate body temperature.
- It helps keep us sated: Including healthy fats in your diet aids in helping to keep you feeling full since it slows digestion
- It helps burn more fat: Yep, you read that right! By consistently feeding your body healthy fats, it will naturally burn them and promote fat loss. Restricting your body of healthy fat will only allow it to cling to any fat you do consume.
So, what are some good fats? Here’s a short list for you,
- Oils: Coconut, Avocado, Olive, Walnut
- Nut Butters: 100% natural peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
- Nuts/Seeds: Walnuts, Cashews, Pecans, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
- Other: Whole Eggs, Salmon, Greek Yogurt
Do your research, read your labels, and experiment. I’ve gotten my information from years of reading/researching different sites, magazines, books, and blogs. Bottom line though: DO NOT FEAR FAT!