What to lose weight? Eat more fat!

Who told you Fat was bad?

As more and more research is produced, Americans are starting to realize the importance of eating healthy.  The notion of “healthy” is often misconstrued as that term is tossed around by everyone from the television and radio to your local checkout girl.   Many of these notions are often incorrect and point the finger at the wrong culprits and foods that are considered bad for you.  The most important way to make sure your body is receiving high quality nutrition is by eating REAL foods.   Real foods are made virtually unaltered from the way God created them.  These foods are easily used by the body and provide optimum nutrition.  Conversely, fake foods are foods that have been altered so much during the manufacturing process that they are practically unusable by the body and sometimes are even hard to recognize as what they are supposed to be.

Myth:

All fats are bad and eating them causes you to gain weight, causes heart disease, and high cholesterol.

The Truth:

There are actually several different types of that get lumped into this category and are rarely separated.  Eating fat does not make you fat, the inability to burn fat does.

Fat is an integral part of the body as it covers your entire nervous system and forms the basis of almost all hormones in the body.  In fact, every cell in your body is cover in a double layer of fat that protects the cell and allows nutrients to pass in and out.  Good fats allow the body to unlock these cells and give them the ability to receive proper nutrients and heal.  Bad fats on the other hand are not able to unlock these cells and must be stored in the body.

There are many types of important fats that your body needs in a proper balance in order to perform at its best.  The three that we hear the most about are Omega 3s, Omega 6s, and Omega 9s.  Omega 3 fats have been publicized heavily over the last decade due to their anti inflammatory properties and great benefits to the body.  These fats are found in high levels in fish oil, cod liver oil, and many ocean fish such as tuna, herring, and extremely high levels are found in salmon.  Omega 6 fats have gotten a bad rap over the years as being the primary culprit for heart disease and high cholesterol.  The fact is that most of these fats today are bad for you as they are highly processed and changed during the manufacturing process that turns them into an unusable material in the body that causes your body to store it.   As a matter of fact, the FDA has made it mandatory for all products including trans-fats to have this information contained on the label as these fats are highly altered during processing and have now been found to have detrimental effects on the body.  Omega 9 fats are found in high levels in olive oil and avocados and nuts and seeds like almonds,cashews, and flax seeds.

The key to these fats is not to avoid any certain group, but to keep a proper ratio in the body.  For example, the ratio of Omega 3 fats to Omega 6 fats in the body should be approximately 1:4 with some studies suggesting closer to a 1:1 ratio.  The average American eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) has a ratio of 25:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats.  This unbalanced ratio causes severe inflammation in the body.  Chronic inflammation like the type caused by this imbalance, has been shown to be the underlying cause of several different diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, and a host of digestive disorders like IBS and Crohn’s disease.

Change the fats you’re eating!

Bad fats:

Any fats or oils that contain the words hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, or Trans fats.  This includes vegetable oil, canola oil, margarine, and most other oils that make up the majority of the shopping isle.  These highly processed oils and fats are stored by the body and turn rancid during the heating process. This makes them virtually unusable by the body and causes your body to store them in peripheral areas of the body (abdomen, thighs, etc.)
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Fats you need to be eating and cooking with:

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is the number one oil and fat that you need to be cooking with.  This oil contains high levels of Lauric acid that is actually a shorter chain fatty acid that is easily broken down by the body and turned into usable nutrients in the body.  Lauric acid is a natural fat also found in high levels in women’s breast milk.  This oil also withstands high temperatures and does not oxidize while cooking so it remains an excellent source of useable nutrients.

Grapeseed Oil:

Grapeseed oil is another great source for cooking with for the same reasons as coconut oil.  It does not oxidize at high temperatures and remains a healthy fat when eaten.

Real Organic Butter:

Our ancestors have used this for years.  Butter, coming unaltered straight from the cow, contains the proper ratio of fats needed in the body as it is a REAL food.  Margarine is the processed and altered version of butter that does not contain this same ratio and can cause inflammation as a bad fat!

Olive Oil:

Olive oil is a great oil as long as it is not used at high temperatures.  This oil contains high levels of omega 9 fats that are great for the body.  However, when used at high temperatures, this oil will oxidize into a bad and rancid fat that is no longer useable by the body.  It is best used as topping and condiment for foods and as a salad dressing.

Supplementing with Omega 3 fats:

These fats are found in many ocean fish including and can be supplemented in the form of cod liver oil or other fish oils.  Supplementing with Omega 3 oils can help reduce the inflammation in the body as it helps to balance the fat ratio.  I recommend and personally take Garden of Life Beyond Omega 3 fish oil supplements as this company is top of the line and has the purest processing. Click here to buy Garden of Life Beyond Omega 3

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Take away points:

  1. Fats should not be avoided as they are an integral part of proper nutrition and makeup the covering of you entire nervous system.
  2. Change the fats you eat and cook with.  More REAL fats and no altered oils!
  3. Good fats unlock the cells of the body and allow them to replicate and heal at optimum levels.
  4. Supplementing with Omega 3 oils is a great way to improve the fat ratio in the body and decrease inflammation.
  5. Snack  on nuts like almonds or cashews to get more good fats.
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