Eat Fats To Stay Thin!December 31st, 2013 by David
Low fat diets have quite the misguided following after years of uneducated preachers urging us to avoid it. The fact is, an array of health problems have sprung up as a consequence of a lack of fat in people’s diets. Of course, that is not to say that we recommend you nip straight down to your local chippy for some battered delicacies. It is all about getting the ‘right’ fats – the fats that will nourish your every cell and fuel your inner fat-blasting furnace.
Before we explore the ways in which fat keeps you thin, here are a few fat fats to swallow…
Essential fats are not made by the body and so we need to eat them. They are the fatty acids that nourish, protect and accelerate the metabolism – namely omega 3, found in oily fish, seeds and nuts. Omega 3 is the one of the most commonly deficient nutrients in the western diet, and one of the most important.
The other essential fats that aren’t quite so lowdown on our shopping lists, are omega 6 fatty acids. These too are only found in the body when eaten, but we tend to have plenty in our diets, so not so much emphasis is placed on these.
Saturated fats are certainly no devils. Foods like eggs and meat contain saturated fats and are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. The message here really is to moderate intake – basically saturated fats shouldn’t saturate your plate!
Trans fats, otherwise known as hydrogenated fats are the ones to avoid like the plague. These are artificial versions of the real deal, and linked to a flood of life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
Now we have cleared that up, let’s focus on the fats that help keep us trim. One of the processes that the body requires the fatty nectar that is omega 3 for, is to burn fat and spark up the holy grail of slimming – your metabolism!
Omega 3 fires up anti-inflammatory processes in the body, which are essential not only to cardiovascular function, skin health, general wellbeing and immunity, but also for enhancing results from your exercise routine. When inflammation in the muscles is kept at bay, they work far more efficiently and develop in size. When your muscle mass increases, your metabolism sparks up – cue speedier calorie blast.
Fats like coconut oil and fish oil are a preferred source of fuel for the body – they scoop up all the essential acids required for maintaining health and vitality, and the rest is torched like logs on the fire, rather than stored in fat stores. Also fats like those found in oily fish help keep you feeling full for longer, and help stabilise your blood sugar levels, lending to fewer energy dips and cravings for sweet naughtiness.
Here are some tips for getting the ‘right’ fats into your daily diet…
- Eat oily fish 2-3 times a week. Salmon, sardines and mackerel are rich sources of omega 3.
- Cook with coconut oil and spoon it into smoothies, tea and yoghurt. For more info, go here (*insert link to coconut oil blog)
- Choose organic eggs – these contain omega 3 due to the linseed based diet of the chickens.
- Drizzle linseed/ flaxseed oil over cooked dishes
- Snack on walnuts
- Sprinkle chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds over porridge, yoghurt and fruit
- Always go for full fat natural foods like yoghurt and hummus
- Include olives and avocados in salads and snacks
- Make sure you eat plenty of green leafy vegetables like kale, cabbage and spinach