29 Dec Eating Fat Will NOT Make You Fat
**this blog was originally published December 29, 2011 but was updated on December 31, 2015**
Eating Fat Will NOT Make You Fat…
Eating fat will not make you fat. Here is what WILL “make you fat”: Eating more calories than your body uses, eating empty calories, not working out, being a couch potato and eating too many carbohydrates and sugars without the appropriate balance of fats and proteins.
How much fat? It is ideal to include a small amount of “healthy” fats in all meals throughout the day. The key is the amount of fat and the type of fat. As far as the amount- it should be very small. 1TBSP or less of the right types of fats. Take a look at a TBSP and you will realize actually how small that actually is.
What types fats should you include? Healthy fats to include in your diet: Nuts – unsalted and raw walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and cashews. Nut butters are another great choice (almond, peanut, walnut, cashew). Add oils (grapeseed, coconut, olive, flax oil, sesame oil) to your cooked veggies, salads and proteins for an extra boost of flavor! Seeds and avocado are two other great additions. Fats that I would suggest AVOIDING are most mayonnaise’s, butters, yellow cheeses, creams, whole milk, corn and canola oils and partially hydrogenated oils.
There are so many benefits to adding healthy fats to a diet. The best one, is it taste SO darn good. Adding some healthy fats will make your veggies and proteins taste scrumptious! That may be reason alone to stop you from attacking that cheeseburger and fries! Additional benefits of healthy fats are they will satisfies hunger and cravings, keep you full longer, and they can help raise HDL (good cholesterol). Healthy fats may actually help you manage your weight loss efforts by providing a better sense of satiety than other lower fat foods.
When you DO NOT eat enough fat in your diet and you opt for a low fat high carbohydrate diet you will most likely feel hungrier and eat MORE which will lead to weight gain. Eating fat will not make you fat. Eating more than your body uses and lack of exercise will.