A Few Facts on Fat

The subject of dietary fat is one of those subjects that can be kind of confusing.

A lot of the confusion stems from the fact that we were told that dietary fat was a horrible thing and that it was causing us to be overweight.  This brought on the low fat craze of the 90’s.  All this actually accomplished was to cause most of us to eat too many carbs, and as a result, get even heavier.

So, to be clear, there are good fats and there are bad fats.

Saturated fats and trans fats are the bad kind of fats.  These fats will cause your arteries to clog and make your cholesterol levels shoot through the roof.  Read your food labels – these fats are everywhere.  Be aware that most fast foods, butter and margarine are PACKED full of these nasty things.

The other side of the equation is unsaturated fats.  These friendly fats will actually help REDUCE cholesterol levels and help your body produce energy.  Good sources of unsaturated fats are lean meats, peanut butter, olive oil, and nuts.

Careful, though, to not use this as an excuse to eat too much of these foods.  They may have unsaturated fats, but they are very calorie dense.  A little bit goes a long way!

Be sure to learn how to read food labels so you can recognize fat in all of its forms.  It will help you learn to make the best choices for your weight loss and your health.

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2 Responses to “A Few Facts on Fat”

  1. totaltransformation Says:

    Just to let you know I presented you the Thinking Blogger Award.

    http://totaltransformation.wordpress.com/2007/04/26/catching-up-on-awards/

  2. loseweightwithme Says:

    Wow, TT, i am honored! Thank you so very much.

    Brian

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