Did you know? Your brain is 50% fat by dry weight. 30-80% of your cell membranes are fat by dry weight. Your body needs fat to survive. Which means you need to be eating fat to thrive.
The weird thing is that the health “experts” and government recommendations have been telling us that eating fat will make you fat. That’s right! Fat has been totally blamed for the obesity epidemic.
The truth? Sugar is what’s making us fat.
And the sugar industry made sure that we didn’t know it. They went so far as to pay scientists to blame fat instead of sugar for making us fat.
I know it seems counter-intuitive that eating fat could actually be the solution to your body fat. But it’s actually completely grounded in science.
Types of Fat
Fat comes in all different forms. Some of them are good, some not so much.
There are 4 types of fat that you can get from food: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fats.
Trans fats are the ones you want to avoid. Saturated and unsaturated fats actually come with a lot of benefits to your body, including being necessary for health and weight loss.
Benefits of Eating Fat
Eating good fats comes with a long list of benefits. Your body is made up of fat, so it only makes sense that you need to be eating fat in order to be healthy.
Fat is a primary building block for you body. Your brain is mostly fat which means that you need healthy fats in order to replenish when your brain needs repair. Your cell membranes, the transport vehicles in your body, and hormones are also all made of fat.
If you’re not getting healthy fats in your diet, the whole system breaks down. The barriers to your cells will not function properly. Your hormones will become unbalanced. And it becomes more difficult for materials to move around your body as needed.
Fat is the best fuel for your body. While you can also burn carbs, they’re dirty fuel that comes with side effects like weight gain. Eating fat for fuel while eating low carb teaches your body to burn fat and keeps your insulin from spiking. Since insulin regulates fat storage, you can keep the weight off much easier if you’re not producing as much insulin.
Keeps You Full, Keeps You Focused
We’re not talking about sugary cereal here. Fat is actually the food that will keep you full and focused. Fat is satiating which means that it makes you feel full so that you don’t need to eat as much or as often. Eating fat doesn’t produce the same cravings that eating sugar does.
Many vitamins and minerals need fat to be better absorbed by the body. We call these “fat soluble”. Fat acts as the transport raft to get vitamins like A, D, E, and K to the places in your body where they get used. This means that your should eat your steamed veggies with melted butter and your salad with oily dressing!
Avoiding Trans Fats
Trans fats are not healthy, natural fats found in fresh and whole foods. They are made by industrial processes and added to processed foods. Basically, vegetable oil gets processed to make it solid for products like margarine, fried foods, and other processed goods. Eating these trans fats increasing inflammation which spawns all kinds of other health problems.
Some natural products like meat contain trans fat. These are not the same as trans fats from processed foods, so you don’t have to worry about them.