Eating fat can help you maintain your weight. Eating fat DOES NOT make you fat!
There’s a decades-old lie that if you want to lose fat you have to stop eating fat. The logic goes that there are more calories per gram in fat than in carbs or protein. So, if you want to lose fat, you need to eat less fat, right? After all, fat is the most calorie-dense food, right?
Well, it’s not that simple. Let me explain.
Eating Good Fat to Avoid Over Eating Carbohydrates
From a fat-loss perspective, decreasing carbs by increasing fat in your diet sets the stage for an optimal fat-loss.
Insulin is the crucial gatekeeper when it comes to nutrient partitioning. It determines where nutrients go. It is released by your body in proportion to the number of carbohydrates you eat.
When you lower the carbs intake, you lower the insulin level. This helps the body to turn all the fat you eat into energy, instead of storing it… as fat.
Eating Fat Enhances Your Body’s Ability To Lose Fat
Low-fat diets do not make sense for the body. They do not condition your body to be effective at burning fat. Instead, they shift your body into carb burning mode.
Low-fat diets also have negative effects on the fat-burning hormones called Adipokines. They are hormones released from fat cells. Low-fat diets result in lower levels of adiponectin, which lowers your body’s tendency to burn fat.
Eating Fat Makes You Eat Less
The metabolic and hormonal benefits of eating more fat are excellent. But, one of the top benefits of eating fat is that you quickly feel full. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than eating a low-fat dish that leaves you hungry. This is a huge problem in diets. They starve you of fat-rich foods like nuts, fatty fish, avocado, and cheese.
Eating fat helps you feel full. When you feel full… you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks between meals.
WARNING: Avoid This Big Fat Mistake
YES, fat is excellent for you. That said, it is NOT a calorie-free food. It is the exact opposite. Despite this quite obvious fact, many people have embraced adding plentiful fat to their diets with reckless abandon. Eating more fat if you are low-carb dieting is beneficial, but these fat-calories add up quickly, so be cautious.
Even if you are not into counting your calories it’s nice to have some awareness of how much you eat. One way to keep a tab is to measure fats before eating them. Dressing a salad with oil can quickly escalate from one teaspoon to one tablespoon. And one lumpy spoonful of peanut butter can, in fact, be the equivalent of three servings. Fats are tasty and easy to over-consume. So even if you’re making an effort to consume more fat, make sure your efforts are calculated.
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