Eat fat to burn fat. Wait, what?!
Fat as gotten a bad rep and this wonderful source of nutrients is totally innocent, so why are we still demonizing this tasty macronutrient? Simply put, we run away from what we don’t understand. So, today you’ll be schooled on my you can fatty foods, enjoy them and burn more fat!
Fat is not something you want to avoid. For starters, it’s essential for normal growth and a functioning body. Dietary fat also provides energy and helps the body absorb essential macronutrients and vitamins, while processing specific nutrients. What’s even better, it helps the body burn fat. I for instance get about a third of daily calories come from dietary fat and so do my fat loss clientele (or at least the one’s who are listening to me and get the best results).
Hold up, don’t grab cheesecake just yet. Think about this: fatty foods are not created equal. The foods you choose can mean the difference between a lean body and one plagued with body fat and cellulite. While a diet of fatty foods like pizza, French fries, and cheeseburgers will lead to weight gain and destroy your goals of weigh loss. That doesn’t mean you can enjoy them on occasion, but you definitely don’t want them in abundance.
Instead of making a specific thing in the diet a sabotage, you need to look at total caloric content as well as the quality of food, what are we eating that is ‘good’ and helping our body’s metabolism and muscle tissue to stay lean & healthy.
Fat Burns Fat
The body needs and uses three specific macronutrients for energy and health: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A gram of fat packs more than twice the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrate. The fat acts as a carrier of sorts. When you don’t have any fat in your diet, it’s like you don’t have fuel to burn calories. The body requires fat to keep its metabolism functioning at it’s peak.
Awesome news for the belly fat or cellulite prone, body-fat that is stored around the belly, thighs, or butt (also called subcutaneous fat)—can’t be burned efficiently without “dietary” fat to help the process. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating fat-burning pathways in and through the liver.
Fat Keeps You Full. So, You’re Less Likely To Over Eat
Fat Makes You Happy. Let’s Be Honest a Fat-Free Life is not a Happy One
Fat Builds Muscle & More Muscle Means Looking Awesome,While Burning Fat
Fat Makes Food Healthier For You, Because You Can Absorb the Nutrients
So, what to eat exactly and get this fat burning started?
*Unsaturated Fatty Acids: Includes both monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), they are critical for health.
MUFAs are found in olive oils, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocadoes, while PUFAs are found in fish, and seafood. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two PUFAs that can only be obtained through diet and are called “essential fatty acids.” Adjust your diet accordingly.
*Saturated Fatty Acids: Found primarily in foods from animal sources such as meat and dairy products.
Such as grass fed butter and full fat organic cheese, they are usually solid at room temperature. Some vegetable oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oil also contain saturated fat. Eat smaller portions as part of a healthy diet – and always try to consume healthier sources. For example, grass fed beef is a much better option than, say, ranch dressing and onion rings.
*Trans Fatty Acids: Chemically processed vegetable oils, they are semisolid at room temperature and are used in some margarines, fried foods, and processed foods to enhance flavor, texture, and shelf life. Also called “partially hydrogenated” oils, they should be avoided like they are the devil…cause they suck and will literally add texture and lumps to your body in no time.
How much you need: Most of the fat you eat should be unsaturated, like MUFAs. “Just two to three tablespoons of olive oil or another healthy fat a day can drastically improve your health and body.