For so long we have been taught that fat is what is causing our nation to gain weight at such a
rapid pace. However, multiple studies and tons of research has shown that this is not the case. The truth is, fat is not making us fat; SUGAR is making us fat.
Now sure there are some fats that we should stay away from but you can actually have a diet high in protein and high in good fats and LOSE weight, and burn tons of FAT!
Yes, fat burns fat!
And the best part? Not only will eating good fats help you get fit, but it will also make you
Eating good fats has little affect on insulin and blood sugar levels so we are able to stay at an even keel all day long. This means no spikes in blood sugar or crazy insulin response. Plus, fats will also help keep you satisfied for longer periods of time.
When I first started incorporating more good fats into my diet (I will go over some good fats in
a second), I was amazed at how good I felt and how long I could go without that feeling of
being super hungry.
When you eat a conventional diet (high in carbohydrates), haven’t you noticed how often you get hungry? It probably seems like every hour!
Carbohydrates rush through your body at rapid speeds, and within hours our bodies are
craving more! Good fats however, help satisfy us for far longer hence we don’t get that feeling
of being hungry very often.
I still find myself eating every 2-3 hours but it is rarely because I feel hungry. I do it because at
the current moment that is what I have to do for my current fitness goals. If I had to skip a
meal however, it would be no big deal because the foods I am putting in my body will hold me over until the next time I eat.
With that said, what are some good fats you should be eating on a daily basis?
I will start with my favorite: Eggs!
I eat eggs nearly every single morning of the week and at minimum 6 times a week. Eggs are an incredible fat burning food containing good fats and are high in protein.
Studies have shown that by just switching your daily breakfast to eggs instead of a bagel or
cereal, weight loss and body fat percent decreased immensely.
Nuts and Seeds:
Not only are nuts and seeds very tasty, they also have a very high fat content. These are
good fats for us to indulge in as a snack or with a meal.
Now one thing to take note on, fats are much more calorically dense so be careful on how
much you consume. I wouldn’t recommend eating a full pound bag of almonds, but one or two
handfuls in a day would be beneficial.
Avocado and Guacamole:
Another that I just cannot get enough of. For me this goes with just about any meal so if you
have access to them, this is another source of fat to add to your diet.
Although this has received a bad rap because of its high saturated fat content, studies have
shown some pretty amazing health benefits to using coconut oil.
It is very high in anti-oxidants, and has shown some incredible results when trying to
lose weight and belly fat. It also helps with digestion, making it easier to absorb the nutrients
in the foods we eat.
*When looking for coconut oil, stick with extra virgin unrefined coconut oil!
There are plenty of animal meats that are high in fat content that we have always been told to
avoid. However, animals and fish are some of the most nutritious foods we can eat.
I mean who doesn’t want to eat some delicious bacon or a grass-fed steak? We have
been told forever to avoid fatty meats, but if you choose wisely and stick with free range and
100% grass fed meats; you will enjoy the benefits they bring.
100% Grass Fed Butter
I cook nearly all my food in this. Grass fed butter comes with many health benefits including:
- Good sources of vitamin A, D, E, K, and K2
- Promotes healthy cholesterol
- Provides a balanced source of Omega 3 and 6 fats
These are just of the few of many great fats that you can eat on a daily basis that will help you
burn MORE fat than you thought possible. Now I am not saying fats should be the staple of
your diet, but I am saying that you do not have to be afraid of them or avoid them (good
fat that is. Stay away from processed fats like vegetables oils and trans fats).
Protein should be your main source of fuel, but fat should be incorporated in to meet your
daily caloric needs and goals! Remember, fat burns fat. Sugar is what makes us fat…
For ideas on nutrition plans, visit some of the resources below:
BodyFit 7X7: Simplified nutrition plan included!
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