Believe it or not, you can incorporate fat into your diet - as long as it is the right kind of fat. There are several types of fat available to you and it is so important that you learn how and why bad fats are bad and good fats are good.
Saturated Fats = Good Fats
I say this every day to my clients, to my family and friends, and in my newsletters - saturated fats are not bad! When you obtain your saturated fats from healthy sources, you are doing your body a huge service. Our bodies need these fats in order to complete various tasks such as fight inflammation, combat chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis, as well regulating hormones and improving cognitive functions.
None of this disease fighting or hormone creating could be managed without the magic of healthy forms of fats (and yes that includes forms of saturated fats). Healthy types of fat can be found in:
Natural and unrefined versions of coconut oil, palm oil, organic olive oil, and organic, raw butter are some great examples of the fats you need to incorporate into your diet. These oils, when used in their purest forms, prevent and fight inflammation while they work to raise your metabolic rate. When your metabolic rate is raised, you burn more calories and fat. See, I told you saturated fat was good for you!
Other forms of healthy fats that are great for health and weight loss are Omega-3 fats. Because many people are eating a lot of processed foods, they are often not getting adequate amounts of Omega-3s each day. Healthy forms of Omega-3s can be found in foods like:
- Raw walnuts
- Leafy green vegetables
- Organic eggs
- Grass-fed beef
- Chia seeds
Hydrogenated = Bad Fats
These are the worst fats you could ever ingest. Surprisingly, even with all of the dangers associated with these types of fats, nearly every pre-packaged or processed food on store shelves contains these types of dangerous oils.
When fats become hydrogenated, the molecular structure of them changes and becomes something that our bodies can no longer recognize and has no idea how to process. Thus, our bodies label hydrogenated fats as toxins that in return create inflammation in the body as our bodies attempt to fight them off. This inflammation can result in a higher rate of cancer, arthritis, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and even birth defects.
This is why it is so important to read every label. Even the foods that claim to be healthy such as low-fat and fat-free foods still have hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Other common foods that contain these horrible fats are margarine, packaged cookies, cereals, breakfast bars, and snacks like chips and crackers.
I strongly suggest that you avoid any and all pre-packaged and processed foods as much as you can to avoid consuming these dangerous fats. Instead, check out my extensive list of recipes that incorporate healthy fats and see how delicious good fats can be.