Huh? So how does this work?
OK, for the past 40 years or so we have been told by the zillions of gurus and faddy diet creators all around the world that to lose fat we need to go fat free.
In fact going fat free is extremely detrimental to good health. Our brains stop functioning effectively without fats and oils for one. And our joints need fats and oils to lubricate them (makes sense when you think about it).
Not only that but fats and oils are essential to our digestive system, helping to reduce unwanted IBS symptoms and reduce inflammation throughout the entire body.
Yet still so many ‘diet’ products are still aimed at ‘dieters’ advising of how LOW FAT they are. As we have been brainwashed of the past 40 years it is easy to see why so many of these products continue to be sold around the world. Let’s stop this now! At least for you and I. Low fat usually means HIGH SUGAR (or even worse, fake sugar. I would add a puke emoji if I had one to use here). High sugar (or fake sugar) is REALLY BAD for the body as a whole and totally unnecessary. Practically devoid of any nutrient or useful function all sugars and fake sugars do is create more problems within the body. They certainly wont improve your IBS symptoms and are much more likely to cause bad bacteria to overgrow in your body which will in fact exacerbate these unwanted symptoms.
Good vs Bad fats
There is a lot of confusion over good and bad fats. I will try and break this down for you. Put simply, anything natural, organic and whole food (meaning you can grow it / or it comes from the earth) is going to be high in natural healthy good fats. Think of Olives (and ergo olive oil), Coconut oil, Avocados, Nuts and Seeds. And if you aren’t vegetarian then you can add Salmon (and all fish), meat and poultry to the list.
People always get caught up in the Butter vs Margarine debate also, again, having been brainwashed for 40+ years about the benefits of plastic spread in plastic tubs, devoid of digestible nutrition. I am not going to name names but all I will say is that block butter is better for you, particularly organic, unpasteurised and un salted butter. Our bodies recognise it as a food for a start and know how to process it. Margarine (or spreadable butter) is a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats which creates a product more akin to the plastic tub itself. The body cant recognise this as a food and wont process it. Therefore ,it is un-useful as a nutrient and should be avoided.
Type of fat
Saturated fats are solid at room temperatures, examples are:
- Coconut oil
- Animal Fats
Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature
- Olive oil
- Avocado and nut oils
- Fish oils
- Cheese (#tip – I am personally 90% diary free and only very rarely eat cheese as it is no good for my body and exacerbates my IBS symptoms)
Both of these types of fat are useful within the body and can be utilised as energy and insulation.
These are the baddies of the fat world and are what cause people to put on weight, get diseases and suffer long term ill health. Often saturated fats are through to be the evil fats and best to be avoided but in fact Trans Fats are to be avoided as much as possible.
These are fats that have been mixed, or heated up and therefore broken down, destroying all hope of digesting and extracting anything helpful. These fats arte:
- vegetable oil such as sunflower oil
- margarine and spreadable butters
- junk food, chips, anything microwaved, burgers, pizza, etc.
- Cakes, biscuits, pasties, pastries, most baked goods contain trans fats
But how can fat make me lose fat?
The answer is quite simple although not at all obvious. If you remove the TRANS FATS from your diet you will lose weight. If you include – in moderation – Saturated Fats your body will start to appreciate what you are trying to do and if you include Unsaturated ‘natural, organic, whole-food’ Fats your body will positively love you for it!
Losing weight isn’t about going Fat Free. It is about understanding what fats do what to the body and why it is important to include the right fats in your daily diet.
Your plate should contain 20-30% healthy fats. Try these recipes in order to see how to balance fats properly:
Once you get your healthy fat content right, your body and brain and bowels will reward you by working more efficiently. Healthy fats can make all the difference with hunger pains also as your body will stop searching out high fat foods once you have reached your daily quota.
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