Are you eating enough good fats in your diet? Did you know that you need to eat fat to burn fat? The lack of good fats could be the reason behind your stagnant progression towards your results. Fat is the most misunderstood macronutrient (essential nutrients your body requires for growth and function) and is usually the first to be dumped from a ‘fat loss’ meal plan. However, eating good fats aids in fat loss and is essential for any fat loss to take affect.
How eating good fat aids fat loss
- According to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating PPAR-alpha and fat-burning pathways through the liver.
- Good fats regulate your hormone levels and is essential for healthy hair, skin and nails.
- Fat controls your appetite and portion sizes by regulating your leptin (responsible for regulating energy intake and expenditure. Appetite vs metabolism) response.
- Fat also lowers insulin response when ingested with carbohydrates and manages blood sugar levels by inhibiting glucose (a simple sugar converted from ingested foods which is then used as energy in the body) absorption.
- Fat maintains muscles mass by increasing protein concentration and the size of muscular cells in the body. The stimulation of muscle protein synthesis can also mediate muscle loss due to ageing.
Here are a few examples of good fats essential for fat loss:
Besides warding off diseases, this fat triggers the body to produce leptin. Leptin suppresses appetite assisting in controlling portion size. It also revs up your thyroid output, speeding up your metabolism.
Found in: Brazil nuts, tuna, salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acids
Lowers your triglycerides, cholesterol, and simultaneously boosts your metabolism. The Food Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin, conducted studies that linked CLA to the improvement body composition by busting through fat faster while still preserving lean muscles and assisting with lean muscle gain.
Found in: Organic beef (grain or pasture fed), kangaroo, turkey, eggs, chicken and mushrooms.
MCTs – Medium Chain Triglycerides
Foods rich in MCTs suppress the appetite, so you’ll consume less, and MCTs contain fewer calories than other fats. You will also be happy to know that they also contain anti-ageing properties. MCTs are minimally stored as fat on the body, they provide energy that people involved in weight loss programs often lack, and MCTs are absorbed by the body more quickly than other fats, so they immediately can be used for fuel. MCTs are your secret weapons to fat loss success!
Found in: Palm kernel oil, coconut oil, raw grass-fed goat and cow butter. Yes BUTTER! Butter is one if not the best source of MCT.
Now that you a clearer understanding on the roles of good fats in the body and how they attribute to fat loss, that doesn’t mean go off and start gnawing on sticks of butter for MCTs! Remember that the best fat loss meal plans are well rounded and nutrient balanced with foods from all food groups. Moderation is the key. Eat fat to burn fat!