Does Eating Fat Make You Fat?

After years of being bombarded with “low fat”, “fat free”, and “reduced fat” propaganda, it may come as a shock to hear that fat does not make you fat.  We’ve often pointed the finger at fats for nudging our cholesterol number up and expanding our waistlines.  Hey, it makes sense, right?  The fat that we eat bears the same name as the stuff that we pinch on our bellies.  So, what’s gives?

Well, fats are an often misunderstood part of our food.  The diet dictocrats have shunned them for years, when fats are in fact an essential part of our diet for survival.  In fact, 60% of the human brain is composed of fat!  Fats make up your cell membranes (that let the good stuff in and keep the bad stuff out), are key for communication between cells, and are building blocks for hormones.  All of this is essential for burning excess body fat!  Feeling satiated after a meal is also triggered by sufficient fat in digestion.  A hormone, called cholecystokinin (CCK), is secreted into the small intestine during fat digestion.  CCK also acts as a hunger suppressant because it sends your brain the message that you’re full!

 

It’s no wonder that I once ate an entire box of fat-free Snackwell cookies before I had my fill!

 

If you don’t eat the right kinds of fats that your body needs, or if you eat too many of the wrong kind, your body will not have the building blocks it needs to keep you sharp, witty, slim, and satisfied!  So, it’s time for an oil change!  Focus on replacing the fat sources in your diet with these healthy choices:

1.  Wild, cold water fish are a fantastic source of omega 3 fats (the king of healthy fats!).  Look for salmon, sardines, halibut, or herring. 

2.  Use organic, extra-virgin olive oil as your main oil for low-heat or in salad dressings.  Coconut oil, ghee, or grass-fed butter are excellent for cooking with heat. 

3.  Eat avocados and olives for heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. 

4.  Eat raw nuts and seeds.  Great on salads, as snacks, in smoothies, and in desserts.

  • Some of my favorites are almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
  • Try these Homemade Energy Bars

5.  Go for grass-fed, grass-finished, or free-range fed animal products such as beef, dairy, cheese, and butter.

 

Do you feel more satiated?  Thinking more clearly?  And, is your waist shrinking?  Give it a try!

 

 

 

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