Can I eat fats and still lose weight?

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I always get frustrated when people stay well clear of any fats when trying to shift some weight. I think the problem is that the word ‘fat’ is instantly seen to be negative and as a result, any food that contains the stuff is thrown to the side. But the truth is, every balanced diet needs an intake of fats! Fats provide you with energy, regulate body temperature, maintenance of skin and are heavily involved in the production of essential hormones in the body.

Before you get excited and start heading for the biscuit tin or chucking a slab of butter on your toast, bare in mind that there are different kinds of fats – some that should not reach the lips if losing weight is your goal.

These 3 different types are saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and lastly, monounsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are ones you need to shield off and walk straight past in the supermarket. These include sweets, pastries, butter, fast food & ready meals. Just think sugar, and this is where you find the saturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand are on the good side; the Batman to your Joker, the Harry Potter to your Voldemort. These fats are mostly found in fish, particularly salmon and mackerel. They’re a great source of Omega 3 and can also help reduce risk of structural injuries and chronic disease; so that’s always good!

If you’re eating almonds, cashews and avocados, you’re getting your chops round some monounsaturated fats. These are perfect for the occasional snack too. Whenever you’re getting that feeling in your stomach that’s telling you to reach for the chocolate cupboard, dip some some carrot/celery sticks into some raw almond butter instead – it’s delicious, trust me! Monounsaturated fats not only help to sustain energy levels, but they are also super good for the cholesterol. A number one pick for anyone with a high blood pressure!

To sum up my little fat lecture, basically you shouldn’t neglect fats just because you think that you can’t eat the very thing you’re trying to lose. Your diet needs unsaturated fats to help improve health and to maintain a balanced eating plan. A well fuelled body is a happy one, so don’t forget about the fats!

Are you guilty of ditching all fats when trying to lose weight? Or perhaps you’ve found a perfect formula to combine them into your diet? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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