Eating fat to lose fat!

How to add healthy fats to your diet.

By Dr. Joey Shulman

Fats: The good vs. the bad

Imagine this common scenario. You start off your day with a breakfast that consists of nonfat cereal, loaded with nonfat milk, banana slices, orange juice and a coffee filled with milk and sugar. Do you lose weight? Absolutely not! In fact, you gain weight, are starving by 10 a.m. and continue your day feeling fatigued and eating sugar in the form of a variety of high-glycemic-index carbohydrates. Not the best recipe for long-term weight-loss results, is it?

Poor fat -- this essential macronutrient is so misunderstood. From low-fat diets to an abundant amount of “fat-free” foods, many people are dodging fat in an attempt to lose weight and keep it off for good. Yet research shows that we indeed need fat to lose weight, for disease prevention and to feel satiated.

In terms of fat -- let's call a spade a spade. Fat tastes delicious! Fat provides food products with a specific “mouth feel” that satisfies and makes food taste great. Without it, food tastes lousy and needs something extra added to it to improve flavour. So, if you are a food manufacturer and remove fat from a product to be able to market it as “low fat,” what do you typically add back in to improve taste and appeal to consumers' taste buds? Sugar, of course! Unfortunately, an excess of sugar and refined flour will trigger the oversecretion of our “fat storage” hormone, insulin. This will lead to fatigue, cravings, excess weight gain, and in severe situations -- the development of type II diabetes.

For weight loss and optimal health, there are five keys to eating fat and losing weight
1. Eliminate trans fatty acids (partially hydrogenated fats)
Trans fatty acids are a specific type of fat formed when liquid vegetable oils are made into solid fats such as shortening and hard margarine. Most of the trans fats in the typical North American diet are derived from commercially baked and fried foods that are made with vegetable shortening, some margarine (especially hard margarines) or oils containing partially hydrogenated oils and fats. French fries, doughnuts, pastries, muffins, croissants, cookies, crackers, chips and other snack foods are high in trans fatty acids.

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