The Truth about Fat

If there is one thing which annoys and upsets me it is this one thing… when people come to me struggling with their weight, particularly the people who struggle to lose weight and we go through their diet and the topic of fat comes up and they say to me…oh, I cannot eat avocados, they are fattening!!!!

Please, please, please, please someone stand up and tell me they are overweight because they eat too many avocados.….I have said it before and I will say it again and again until people hear and listen and take on board the fact that ‘GOOD FATS’ are not the cause of you being overweight.

If you had loads of good fats in your diet and a well balanced diet and lifestyle it is most likely you would not have a weight issue unless there was something else going on in the mind/body which you are unaware of.

Fat is a very essential component of our diet as are proteins & carbohydrates just to name a few. Believe it or not, we cannot survive without fat. Its main role in the body is for protection and insulation. It lines our vital organs and protects them in times of need such as during serious illness or accident. It keeps us warm. It provides us with energy, not just to do A, B and C but also energy for vital functions our bodies does inside that we are unaware of such as processing our food, manufacturing new cells, hair, skin, nails, enzymes, production of hormones…you get the picture.

Read food labels: You should see terms such as Fat content, as saturates, as unsaturates, contains trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats:  These are chemically processed to alter the nature of the fat so it goes hard. These are found in a lot of processed foods as they can increase product shelf life and they are a cheaper form for processors to use especially in fast food, snack food, fried food and baked goods. Avoid wherever you can or Keep to a minimum!

Essential fatty acids (such as omega 3, 6 & 9 are present in fish, nuts and seeds. I do not eat fish so I get all my good fats from plant based sources such as chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil and many others. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble. They NEED fat in the diet so they can be digested, absorbed and transported around for use.

Rancid or Oxidised fats are damaged by the air e.g. crisps, nuts, seeds tasting  horrible like they are gone off. A high intake of these fats can result in free radicals in the body, which can cause headaches, tiredness and sluggishness in the system as they attack your system and reduce uptake of oxygen levels.

Keep packets well sealed and eat within best before date. Eat real butter sparingly, avoid low fat processed foods, and avoid any food labeled with the word ‘diet’ and stick to foods as close to mother nature as you can. Do not cook with olive oil as it is not stable at temperatures above 40.c. Do not use vegetable oil as it is a cheap blend of horrid fats. Cook with coconut oil or sunflower or rapeseed oil instead…

See you next week where I will start a series of articles helping you to understand more about the optimum weight struggle…