Back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, butter and egg yolks topped the "Do Not Eat" list, while packaged foods with "LOW FAT" labels on them weren't given a second thought. How times have changed! These days, experts claim that fat is a must-have in every diet, and full-fat products like avocados, nuts, and olive oil are considered semi-superfoods.egg-avocado-toast.jpg

Yet, some people still question what kinds of fat they should eat and exactly how it affects the body. Therefore, I need to lay down the facts on fat, by debunking some fat myths:

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Myth 1: Eating fat = Growing Fatter

Eating the right kinds of fat won't make you fat. Some studies have found that fatty foods can actually aid in weight loss. What fatty foods? The right kinds like avocado, butter, almonds & nuts, olive oil & coconut oil (though don’t go overboard - moderation is key!). Fat is the key ingredient that makes food taste good and can actually cut your hunger. Healthy fats are the best source of energy, and they keep the metabolism and fat-burning mechanisms running as they're meant to. Meanwhile, low-fat diets could slow down metabolism and increase hunger pangs.

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Myth 2: No Saturated Fat Allowed in Your Diet

While saturated fat has long been known as our worst enemy, recent research shows that taking it out completely is not such a wise thing to do. Most people still need to eat a hamburger every once in a while and munch on a few french fries in order not to feel deprived of their favorite foods. It’s ok to have it occasionally (like once a month or so), and it won't wreck your health. It will just allow you to indulge in “the forbidden fruit” without cravings and binge-eating. As long, of course, as it’s the exception and not the rule.

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Myth 3: All Fat Causes Health Problems

Not all fat is created equally. Omega-3 fatty acids - like those in fish, nuts, and seeds - can help strengthen your heart and possibly your mental well-being as well. And the good fat in olive oil and avocado can also cut your risk of heart disease.

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Myth 4: Fat Will Keep You From Reaching Your Fitness Goals

Some athletes embrace high-fat diet plans like The Ketogenic Diet, which involves getting more than 70% of your daily calories from fat, and less than 30% from carbs and protein. Though researchers are still looking into the proven advantages (and disadvantages) of this diet plan, it can help the body adjust to running off of fat stores rather than carbs. The typical high-fat foods in a ketogenic diet aren't cheeseburgers and fries, though. It's more like avocados, fish, peanut butter, meat, and eggs. Our bodies digest fat more slowly than carbs, so our hunger is kept satisfied for longer periods and we get a steadier source of energy levels.


Sigal300.jpgSigal Bar-Gill has been a certified Health Coach for the past 10 years. She studied at the IIN, which helped her to adopt a healthy lifestyle and allows her to help others to eat right, be more active and rid themselves of unhealthy conditions and pounds. Aside from being a Health Coach to individuals and families, she also give talks and presentations about health & nutrition. Book a free consultation with Sigal today to see how she can help you take your health to the next level.

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