If You Want To Get Skinny, You Need To Eat Fats!
August 28th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
There’s some bad advice being given out.
Advice that is guaranteed to leave you feeling frustrated with your weight loss
I don’t want you to feel that way. I want your weight loss efforts to be one smooth
ride to the finish line, where you make all your goals become reality.
I want you to look great and feel even better.
So, I feel obligated to clear up this common misunderstanding.
You see when most people try to slim down and lose their fat, they change their diets.
This is great… but the change they often make ends up hurting them instead of
Because the first thing most people do… is start cutting the fat out of their diets
They think… “If I want to lose fat, then I just need stop eating fat!”
And while I can see where they’re coming from… while I can see how it makes sense…
That Just Isn’t How Our Bodies Work!
Our bodies need fat to function.
It plays so many important roles in our bodies.
Without enough fat in our diets, our bodies can’t absorb vitamins, causing us to become deficient. We need these vitamins for many bodily functions, including those involved in losing weight.
Also, fat is so important in maintaining proper mental health. Our brain tissues are made up of essential fats. So if we don’t provide our bodies with enough of them, it can affect our mood. And we already know how important a positive mindset is when it comes to losing weight.
But there’s another reason why fat is so important…
Fat is responsible for our bodies’ production of hormones. The hormones are made from fat and cholesterol. Without enough healthy fats in your diet, your hormone production suffers.
In fact, a lack of essential fats in the diet has been linked with hypothyroidism, a condition that has been linked to obesity and weight gain.
I previously did a blog post on that. So if you suffer from hypothyroidism, I’m sure you will find this helpful.
But to maintain a healthy weight, your body needs all your hormones at optimal levels. So it needs a certain amount of fat available at all times.
And if you aren’t providing these fats through your diet, then you can be sure… your body is going hold on to the fat it already has.
It’s going to cling to your body fat for dear life, making it incredibly hard to lose weight.
So all those “low- fat” and “fat free” foods you’re eating… thinking that you’re doing your
body a favor…
Is just making matters worse (not to mention they’re loaded with sugar)!
Instead of trying to cut all the fat out of your diet, you need to find ways to fit in healthy
fats each and every day.
So… what are some good sources of healthy fats?
Well, you can’t go wrong by eating cold water fish.
Mackerel… tuna… salmon… sardines… herring…
These fish are all packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids. These are fats most of
us are deficient in. Our bodies can’t produce them. They need to be provided by our
Flax seeds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like fish, there’s your healthy alternative right there. You can put them in your salad. Or… throw them in a blender to
add to a quick protein shake.
If for some reason, you don’t like the taste of these foods. Or can’t find good sources of them, you can supplement with Krill oil to provide some omega-3s. You can order that online here.
Another source of healthy fats is avocado. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat. It helps your body fight inflammation. It also contains oleic acid, a type of fat that really benefits your digestive system and has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease.
Plus, avocados taste great, which makes it convenient to add to your diet. You can cut up some avocado and use it as a topping on a delicious turkey burger. Or, use it to add some taste to a healthy green salad.
Also, nuts are a great snack rich in both protein and heart-healthy fats. Almonds are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They’ve been associated with preventing heart disease and lowering bad cholesterol. Walnuts and brazil nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Brazil nuts are also a great source of selenium, a nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Selenium helps boosts your immune system and improves the health of your skin.
You want to be eating a mix of omega-3s and healthy monounsaturated fats (as found in avocados, almonds, or olive oil).
You want to stay away from all the processed trans-fats. These are the type normally found in baked goods. They’ve been damaged by the cooking process and are treated like poison by your body.
You also want to limit your consumption of saturated fats found in animal products. Red meat is especially high in it. So while you’re free to enjoy a nice steak from time to time, you want most of the meat you eat to be lean. Stick to chicken, fish and turkey for the majority of your meals.
By getting these healthy sources of fat into your eating routine, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to function optimally. Your hormones will be working the way they should, giving you higher energy levels, and causing the fat to start melting off.
Start incorporating these healthy foods into your diet. Cut back on the processed fats. Limit the amount of red meat you eat. And become amazed by how good you start to look and feel.
And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, leave me a comment in the section below.