Why You Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Fats

By Matt Brereton-Patel June 25, 2016 January 23rd, 2019 Nutrition

(Especially if You Want to Lose Weight)

Every day whether in supermarkets, TV adverts, newspapers, magazines, and ‘leading’ weight loss plans we’re told that eating fat is bad. Low fat is good.

After all, fat is calorie dense (at 9 calories per 1g), will make you fat, and will raise your cholesterol while clogging your arteries.

Here are some facts:

1. People who eat more good fats tend to lose more fat. Not only does the scientific literature confirm this, but our own experience in the gym shows that our clients lose significant amounts of fat when eating a high fat diet. While caloric intake is certainly important, there are also other intelligent factors at play when it comes to eating more fat.

2. Your hormones are made of fats (and proteins). Hormonal health is absolutely critical when it comes to optimal body composition and long term health. Low fat intake = low essential hormones.

3. Your nervous system, including your brain, relies on fats for effective signalling. If you need more focus and better energy levels at work, eat more good fats, especially at breakfast.

4. Good fats are anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory, Omega 6 fats are pro-inflammatory. For most people the omega 3 / omega 6 relationship is way out of balance – inflammation makes you fat, and is the causal factor behind many chronic disease processes.

5. Eating saturated fat does not cause heart disease. Scientific study after scientific study has found no link between saturated fat intake and heart disease. Despite what the media, food industry and popular culture would have you believe, there is simply a spectacular lack of evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease (aortal plaques in those who died from heart disease were actually found to be 74% polyunsaturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils).

Translating science into real life results. For enhanced fat loss, better body composition, improved professional performance and optimal long term health, increase your intake of good fats and change your omega 3 to omega 6 profile.

What do good fats look like? Our favourites are; oily fish and clean, tested fish oils, coconut in all forms (flesh, milk, cream, oil), organic unsalted butter from grass fed animals, grass fed, organic and/or wild meat, avocado, eggs, nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil.

For a fully referenced discussion on the controversial subject of fat, body composition and health, click here.

To your lean, healthy, optimised future,

Matt & Dee

 

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