Fat, it’s a negative word for many, but it doesn’t need to be. It is just as important as carbohydrates and protein, without it our bodies would fail to function, and we certainly don’t want that! In today’s video we look at the history of fat and why we as a generation have become fearful of this word. We also look at why we need them, which ones to have and what to avoid.
Fat phobia is so 1990’s
Don’t be scared of fats – whether you have preconceived ideas that eating fat = getting fat, or eating fat = increase chance of getting diseases. Fats are a critical macronutrient, just as important as your carbohydrates or protein. We have been conditioned over the years that fats are bad, but it’s just not the case. As long as you have the knowledge of which type of fats are good for you and how much you should eat, you will be fine!
Why fats are important
Fats are critical to the health of your billions of cells in your body. The cell membrane (the outer sphere that holds the cell together) is comprised largely from fats. It is supposed to be semi-permeable. Semi-permeable means that the membrane should be tough enough not to break, but also have the ability to let nutrients in and out of the cell. Having the right types of fats in your diet means that your cells can ‘traffic’ these nutrients in and out. Failing to get good fats in your diet can leave you with cells that struggle to let things in or out – meaning that your cells can’t get the energy they need to function! Fats are as much a building block of cells as protein is! So don’t skimp on your fats. Fats and cholesterol are essential for optimizing your hormone health. This is why I never recommend really low fat diets. I’ve seen so many people completely ‘crash’ their hormones because of it. This is especially important if you’re training hard (WHICH YOU ALL ARE!!) and if you’re in a caloric deficit (those of you aiming to lose body fat). Lastly, remember that not getting enough fats can show up as crappy performance in the gym – and that is just not cool!
Everyone loves a list. Let’s keep it simple:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil/coconut cream/coconut
- Nuts – almonds, brazil, cashews, walnuts
- Organic butter
- Fat from sea food (wild caught)
- Fat from grass-fed red meat
- Fish oil supplement (if you don’t eat a lot of fatty wild fish)
One word, Trans fats – commonly in processed goods like packaged biscuits, cookies, chips, pastries, margarine, anything you can read ‘hydrogenated oils’ on the ingredients. Any questions on fats, feel free to contact us through our Facebook page, comment below, or see us at your closest RBT. Ben ‘Phat with a PH’ Cant Want to learn more about the importance of fats? Feel you’re not eating enough good fats, or having too many bad fats? Then why not register for a free two week trial at your closest RBT.