It’s a huge misconception that fat makes you fat! To be healthy and when losing weight we need the right kind of fats in our diets, and in fact, adding more healthy fats to your diet may be the missing link keeping you from losing weight.
Healthy fats are essential for normal growth and development. They provide us with energy, protect our organs, maintain cell membranes, and help the body properly absorb and process nutrients. Healthy fats also aid in digestion – a key factor to weight loss!
Here are the top 3 reasons fat should be your friend:
1. Fat builds muscle – You actually need good healthy fats to build muscle. If you don’t have enough healthy fat in your diet you will be lacking the energy you need to get through your workouts, and your body will not be able to build muscle optimally.
2. Fat enhances benefits of food – Healthy fats are actually needed to help the body absorb certain vitamins and minerals. Adding healthy fats to salads and steamed veggies allows you to absorb more of the nutrients from your food. This means you’ll feel more satisfied and lose more weight.
3. Fat increases metabolism – According to a report from the University of Ontario, researchers found the consumption of oily fish with omega-3 can increase the fat-burning enzymes in the body and lower levels of stored fat. So yes, you actually need fat to burn fat!
But before you open the bag of chips, not all fats are created equal. The fats you choose can mean the difference between weight loss and weight gain. When choosing which fats to include in your diet go with the fats naturally found in nature, for example, avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconuts.
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