Chewing The Fat

So I want to just talk about fat for a second if that’s ok? I read so many people’s comments that say how bad fat is and that it should be avoided at all costs but in truth our bodies need some fat in order to function properly.

But it’s the type of fat that you consume that you need to be careful of as I learnt recently.

The US department of agriculture suggest (page 24) that between 20% and 35% of an average adult’s calories come from fat but it also suggests that no more than 10% come from saturated fat. So you see, fats aren’t as bas as you think and actually, if you take fat out of your diet, you could end up running into problems.

Why is this? Let’s take a look at some of the issues…

You Could Actually Increase The Risk Of Heart Disease

The good fats that we eat, those that are unsaturated, help maintain levels of HDL which is the “good” cholesterol that our body benefits from. As it travels around the body in the blood, it collects the bad cholesterol on the way and this means it gets excreted from our bodies instead of building up and blocking our blood vessels.

So eating too little of the good fats can actually lead to a higher level of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and a higher risk of heart disease.

Vitamins Get Transported In Fat

Many of the most important vitamins we consume are actually soluble in fat so eating less fat makes it more difficult for the body to absorb and use those vitamins.

If you are opting for a muscle building diet plan then vitamins and minerals are essential to muscle growth so by eating too little fat (which might sound like a good idea), you are actually doing more harm than good.

Not to mention the fact that fat is slower to turn into energy in the body so after a workout when your carbohydrates have all been burnt, the fats will slowly release energy for your recovery.

Feel Happier With Fat

The good fats Omega 3 and Omega 6 are closely linked to mood and behaviour so suppressing these from your diet can lead to mild depression. These fats are essential and can be found in oily fish and some types of nut.

So you see, fat isn’t the evil substance many make it out to be. In the right amounts, it is actually a vital component of a healthy diet so remember this next time you are opting for zero fat options.