Myth #1: Fat makes you fat.
Truth: Although fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, that fact is somewhat irrelevant in the fat and weight discussion.
- Fat mass is more about hormones than calories.
- It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that initiate the hormonal shift resulting in fat gain.
- Sugar and carbs make us hungrier and more apt to have cravings and overeat.
Fat, on the other hand, makes us feel full and keeps us feeling full longer.
Fat is important for so many reasons, including these:
- Fat is an essential part of every single cell in the body.
- The all-important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require fat for proper absorption.
- Fat assists with protein digestion.
- Certain healthy fats act as powerful agents in managing inflammation in the body.
- Fat is also a steady and consistent energy source.
Fat is an important nutrient with many important roles in the body providing many benefits.
Not all fat is created equal. Some healthy fats to include in your diet include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Coconut oil
- Ghee or grass-fed butter
- Olive oil
- Oily fish
- Grass-fed meats
Bottom Line: Fat does not make you fat.
- Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.
- The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet.