Don't cut the fat

Don't cut the fat

It is a misconception when looking to shed those pounds that fat is the enemy. We often see the products on our supermarket shelves labelled low fat; yoghurts, drinks, ready meals etc. Often these low fat options are high in carbohydrates, as a guide you should also look at the number of grams of carbohydrate and sugar per 100g not just the amount of fat.

In fact fat is our friend (at least in moderation) when looking to lose weight it should make up to 20 - 30% of your food intake each day . Just because one's goal happens to be fat reduction, doesn't mean we should stop consuming fat. This is one mistake made too often.

Dietary fat not only aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K, but also helps regulate hunger and body temperature while providing essential fatty acids that the body does not produce on its own. Up to 30% of calorie consumption can come from fat before becoming unhealthy. The best sources of fat are fish where we also get our daily allowance of Omega 3 fatty acids, the best fish to eat are salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, lake trout, and tuna. If you don't like fish you may prefer to get your healthy fats through supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids also help lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels as well as prevent heart disease.

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  • Fish is great to have in our diet...a little omega oil...a well balanced diet is the best way even when on a diet...

  • I agree with you! I love my avocados, smoked salmon and olive oil. My blood tests always show a high number in good cholesterol (HDL), which decreases our risk of heart disease.

  • This diet business isn't simple is it? There's so much to learn about fat, sugar, fibre etc. etc. It takes me so much longer to walk around the supermarket because I'm reading all the labels on the food I buy!

  • If you are new to taking responsibility for your health and changing your diet there is a lot to learn but investing time in this is one of the most fulfilling things you'll do. The longer you follow the rules for healthy eating you will naturally start to make the right choices out of habit. Knowledge is power Jenever!

    Happy eating!!!

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