Are you ready for one of the biggest myths in the weight loss industry? Here it is: It’s the fat in our diets that is making us fat!
This common mistake is far from true. The fact is, your body needs fat to burn fat. Your brain’s fatty cells also need fats in your diet. Fats are a source of energy; they provide the building blocks for membranes and a variety of hormones and are carriers for vitamins and mineral help with absorption.
Not all fats are good, that’s for sure. There are both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats and the most important thing is to be able to differentiate between the two. As a general rule, good fats are mono-unsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats.
Mono-Unsaturated Fats = GOOD
Some good sources of mono-unsaturated fats include peanuts, almonds and avocados which are all great for you.
Poly-Unsaturated Fats = GOOD
Good sources of poly-unsaturated fats are walnuts, salmon, trout and sunflower seeds.
Saturated Fats = GOOD
Good sources of saturated fats can be found in Diary and poultry.
Bad fats are ‘trans fats’ (which are linked to cancer). Make sure you read the label of food and avoid anything that says “hydrogenated”. These bad fats lower your HDL (good cholesterol) and increase your LDL (bad cholesterol), they clog arteries, cause insulin resistance and contribute to diabetes.
Trans Fats = BAD
Food with high content of ‘trans fats’ include deep fried foods like chips and
The important thing know is that you need to add healthy oils in your diet like sesame oil, sunflower oil and virgin olive oil. You probably know about the tremendous benefits of virgin olive oil.
There’s also flax-seed oil which provide your body with Omega 3 acids. Flax-seed oil helps lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides and prevents clots in arteries. It protects against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention (an important part in any weight loss plan), the list goes on.
But there’s one ‘oil’ that’s better than everything else listed above when you want to lose a lot of weight fast. Here’s a hint – lose weight eating chocolate.