Do not avoid fats. Fats are essential in the diet for a whole host of reasons.
Fats help to stabilise and regulate many hormones in the body. They’re essential to the brain and the nervous system and also for muscles to function and grow. They can reduce inflammation, provide energy, protect our organs, maintain cell membranes, and help the body absorb and process other nutrients.
Fats also keep us fuller for longer when combined with meals as they typically digest more slowly.
More importantly, you need fat to burn fat – especially when carbohydrate intake is low. Fats have been proven to boost your metabolism, which, in turn, creates a hormone called adiponectin, which can use and shrink fat cells.
Fats are made up of saturated, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated.
We must consume omega 3, 6 and 9, although omega 3 is the primary essential source. However, you must still rotate your fats to get the optimal level. For optimal health, we’ll be supplementing with omega 3, but please see the supplement section for this.
There’s also one other fat to consider: trans-fat.
Trans Fats are human-made fats that the body struggles to digest and utilise. It’s these fats that we must try to avoid; typically they can be found in most processed foods. It’s for this reason you should resist heavy consumption of processed foods.
On the plus side, fats also generally taste better, which helps satisfy cravings by blunting blood sugar levels.