The Skinny on Fat

Like the carbohydrates we discussed last week, fats also have gotten a bad name, and it’s easy to see why. We all want to lose fat, so it makes sense that eating fat makes us fat, right?

Yes and no, because there are different types of fat. There are three dietary types of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, and your body needs a balance of all three to promote weight loss. The key is balance, and the key is to consume approximately 1/3 of your fats from each source.

Saturated fats include all animal foods, like beef, pork, eggs, butter and milk. Monounsaturated fats come from avocados, nuts, and olive oil (which is why cooking with olive oil is good for you, and why you should have avocados in your diet). Polyunsaturated fats come from fish oils, flaxseed, nuts, and vegetable oils.

So the skinny on fat is this: keep your body in balance, and promote weight loss, by consuming the correct types of fat, in equal balance.

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