Yes for years we have been lied to…we have been taught that the word fat means fat.
We have been taught that fat is evil and should be avoided.
We have been taught that fat makes us FAT.
Fat is not causing you to become round. Fat is actually an essential part to your diet. There are diets that are based on eating large amounts of fat and no carbs (ketogenic diet)
Remember that food pyramid that we were taught in school. The one that we had to do book reports on and stand in front of the class and present a food item. Yes it was a LIE.
The pyramid placed grains, bread and cereal into the base of the pyramid. These people wanted you to eat 6-11 servings of carbs.
(Eating like this in the 90s is what lead to obesity increasing by 20%.)
The pyramid stated to only eat fats sparingly, which is not at all honest. I’m not saying only eat fats , and do not read the nutritional label.
I’m saying that fats play there role in your body just as carbs and protein. Fats have gotten a bad rep that is not scientifically factual.
Fats: They are the bodies backup fuel. Your body uses carbs as it’s main source of energy, but once your body burns up carbs it turns to fats as back up fuel. (This is why intermittent fasting and ketogenic diets are successful).
Fats are valuable to help absorb vitamins and to keep your skin healthy.
There are three types of Fat.
- Saturated Fat: This is the fat that is considered “bad” when people discuss fat. This fat causes high cholesterol and could lead to a stroke or heart attack. This is the fat that causes HYPERLIPIDEMIA.
Examples of sat fat are products made from animals (milk, butter, ice cream, cream, and animal fat)
Remember saturated fat as the fat that saturates your napkin after eating a burger.
- Unsaturated Fat: are fats that comes from vegetables. This fat is a healthy fat. It is helps decrease your bad fat. It does not cause hyperlipidemia.
Examples of unsaturated fats: olive oil, sunflower oil,corn oil, and canola oil.
- Trans Fat: This fat right here is the one that can cause a man the most issues. This fat is created in a lab by scientist, so that they can save money and preserve food. This fat has mastered the ability to increase your bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease your good cholesterol (HDL).
Examples of Trans Fats:
Processed Foods, Donuts, Cakes, Biscuits, sticks of margarines, cookies, and crackers.
Look for the words PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS…it’s a key word for trans fat. Avoid foods with this in the ingredient list.
Even with all of this information Fats are still not making you Fat.
Ok Chris…. I get it …Carbohydrates are the ones that are making me fat…. true…but no entirely factual.
First of all there are three types of carbohydrates.
- Sugar: things that are added to foods to sweeten them up. These carbs are simple and are burned by the body for fuel quickly. This is why we get sugar crashes, our body burns the fuel quickly then we come crashing back down.
- Starch: pasta, potatoes, bread, and rice. I like to call the starch carbs the side dishes. These carbs are more complex and give a more sustained energy to the body.
- Fiber: this carb comes from vegetables and fruits.
One of the key things to remember about carbs is that if the body does not need it for fuel it coverts it to sugar and stores it as fat.
So carbs do cause you to gain weight more than any other macronutrient, but it’s not as simple as stopping one nutrient and increasing the intake of another one. (Low carb, high fat) Doing this would cause you to drop your GLUCOSE CRUISING ALTITUDE and cause your blood sugar to drop.
A high fat diet could cause cholesterol issues that could cause a heart attach or stroke.
The answer to what causes you to become fat is a simple:
Calories in vs. Calories out
What makes you fat is when you put more calories into your body than what you burn.
This is why athletes and body builders can eat 5000 calories a day and still not be fat. It’s because they are burning more calories then they are eating.
When it comes to nutrition, it’s simple be mindful of what you eat.
- Avoid Trans Fats
- Limit your intake of sugar
- Calories in vs calories out
If you would like a personalized nutrition plan based on calories in vs calories out and mindful eating contact me