Does eating fat make you fat? That is the question! I have met thousands of clients who are afraid of consuming fat. It is understandable as for so many years we were told that eating fat would make us fat. Sadly for the majority of the population, cutting out or eating less fat didn’t make us any thinner for a multitude of reasons. Nutritional information, diets and eating trends move in circles and what appears as always changing, contradicting advice can be confusing and overwhelming at times. Many people have forgotten to notice how their body feels about what they’ve been “told” to consume.
The first thing to note is there are different types of fat so it would be a commonly made mistake to generalise and say ‘avoid fat’ or ‘consume fat’ without first identifying and understanding which type is being referenced.
The good fats: there are three main categories of fats – saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats and all three fats can be obtained from eating wholefoods. The bad fats: most concerning are the trans fats, which are found mainly in processed foods, especially deep fried foods, processed cakes, biscuits and muesli bars and foods with long shelf lives. Trans fats are created when some types of polyunsaturated fats are damaged due to heat. The ratio of fats consumed can also be a problem. Within the polyunsaturated category, there are two types of fat – the omega 3s and the omega 6s. A common dietary error that can have significant health consequences is the regular over-consumption of omega 6 fats compared to how many omega 3s you are eating. You want to focus on eating less omega 6-rich foods which will naturally happen when you eat less processed food and more Real Food.
Fat chosen from real food/wholefood sources is imperative for optimal health. ‘Real Food fat’ is satiating. It can help mediate inflammation in the body, is an integral part of a healthy immune system, is essential for the health of your skin, eyes, nails and hair AND you need to eat fat to help you to burn fat as an energy source! Consuming the right kind of fat will help you feel happy and content and fuller for longer and most people find their desire for sweet food diminishes with more whole food fat sources in their daily diet.
An adequate consumption of healthy fats play a crucial role in maintaining the health of your precious organs. Some wholefoods are composed of fatty acids that are essential for life, and fatty acids help the body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A, D, E and K. Even with that tip of the fat information iceberg, I hope you can begin to see that the ‘fat free’ fad took away a much-needed food, fuel and nourishment source from us. What is so sad is that ‘fat free’ mostly meant that the fat was replaced with refined sugars and to counteract increase in sweetness in the food supply, a bucket load of poor quality salt was added! What we were told, took away from our health and sadly we gained nothing in return. The way to not get caught up in food and nutrition fads is the remember that when it comes to food, nature gets it right and it is potentially human intervention that can get it so wrong.
Those who are familiar with my work will know that I encourage all humans to start asking questions and searching for answers when it comes to health. No more are we satisfied with simply consuming something because we are told to without asking why we should consume and how a food will benefit us. It’s very empowering for you to keep asking questions and looking for answers! A focus on health, rather than weight is game changing as is a focus on the nutrient-density of foods, rather than calories.
I wrote my number 1 best-selling books Accidentally Overweight, Rushing Woman’s Syndrome and The Real Food Chef to provide you with all the health, wellness, hormone, and nutritional answers you seek. Working with clients for over 15 years has given me powerful insights into where misconceptions, fear, and confusion lay when it comes to health.
The Real Food Chef cookbook is loaded with information about the benefits of foods, identifying different food types and mind blowing recipes that will satisfy even the fussiest child or partner. Eating the Real Food Chef way has proven that food that serves CAN be delicious, jaw droppingly good and sweet without it containing the bad fats, refined sugars and man-made, artificial ingredients too many people have become accustomed to. Click here for further Real Food Chef Information.
I have shared another blog post on our blog ‘Fat’s That Nourish You From The Inside Out‘ my top 5 fat foods from wholefoods and the benefit each food has on our bodies so you can feel confident that you know exactly what foods benefit you and what is happening inside your body when you eat them.
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Dr Libby x
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