Choosing The Right Fat For Your Goals
Why Choosing The Right Fat For Your Goals Is So Important?
There is a lot of talk out there about good and bad fats and their role in our diet. With the overflow of information though, it’s not easy to analyze which fats are the right ones for you and your health goals.
Many people, including nutritionists, firmly believe that a low-fat diet is the only way to lose weight or gain muscle. Even though part of their statement is true, the generalization of the word “fat” can create confusion. We need a certain amount of fat every day in order to protect our heart and make sure we have an overall healthy body. A healthy consumption of fats can also prevent binging, since a deficiency in them (or any other nutrient) causes your body to panic and in turn binge impulsively. Not all fats are created equal though, which is why it’s important to know the difference between each type before eating it.
When you go shopping, you will come across four different types of fats:
▪ Monounsaturated fats (good fats)
▪ Polyunsaturated fats (good fats)
▪ Trans-fats (bad fats)
▪ Saturated fats (bad fats)
Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are the fats you want to keep close to your heart, literally since consuming them lubricates the arteries, supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. These two types of fat also fed your body good cholesterol, which can even decrease your level of bad cholesterol in your body. Eating a healthy amount of these fats will not only ensure a balanced body, but will also help you reach your fitness and health goals by minimizing your cravings and keeping you full. You can find these fats in peanut butter, plant oils, avocados, olives, seeds, tofu, seafood, and nuts.
Saturated and trans-fats, on the other hand, are the kinds of fats you want to stay away from. They not only elevate your bad cholesterol level, but they can also clog your arteries and increase your risk of being ill. In terms of appearance, these fats tend to be solid when at room temperature, which is also what happens when it rides inside your arteries. You can find these fats in ice cream, cheese, butter, fried foods, candy bars, shortening, processed and packaged foods, and commercially-made cookies and pastries. As you can see, these fats are usually followed by sugar and additives, which tend to make you gain weight.