Knowing the difference between good fats and bad fats can mean the difference between losing those stubborn last 10 pounds and enjoying great health.
Yeah, you heard me right, I want you to get fat!
I want you to be in a state of ecstasy when you bite on a morsel of delicious fat. And feel the satisfying texture of it on your tongue. I want you to savor the richness and the sinfully full flavor.
But don’t feel guilty about doing it.
On the contrary, know that you’re doing your body good.
You see, there’s good fats and bad fats. Good dietary fat is different that the fat that’s on your body. And actually, good fats can help with weight loss. That’s why I want you to get enough smart fats in your diet every day.
What are examples of good fats and bad fats?
In general, good fats are from all-natural food sources. Think raw cacao, coconut oil, whole organic eggs, nuts, seeds, a little bit of organic or raw dairy, wild fish and organic lean meat. There’s also a couple fruits I love that are good fats.
Yes, some fruits have fat. Take olives and avocados for instance. Avocados can contain almost 90% of their total calories from fat. That’s almost 20 times the fat content of most other fruits. But the difference between good fats and bad fats has nothing to do with total fat content. I’ll give you an example you can easily understand in a little bit….
Why doesn’t eating avocados make you fat if it’s full of fat?
Again, dietary fat is not the same as the extra layer of fat on your body. Extra body fat is the result of too many sugars and starches in the diet. Your liver stores the sugar you don’t burn as body fat. This way, if you ever do decide to run a marathon, you’ll have the energy your body needs for fuel.
Extra fat is also the result of a sluggish liver. All the junk food, alcohol, and environmental pollutants make it hard for your liver to perform its critical task of detoxifying the body.
I’m about to go on a tangent here about detoxing. Bear with me. To give your liver a rest every day, I recommend a few things. First, start each morning with an Organic Green Drink. Ideally, it contains several veggies that help purify the blood. Next, have a sensible lunch and dinner. Eat enough to feel full but not stuffed. Try to have your last bite by about 8 p.m. Then, in the morning, drink two glasses of water. (I like to add a bit of lemon juice.) Next, have your Green Drink. By going from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. with just some water and Green Drink in your belly, you give your liver and digestive system a break.
But you’re going to need some good fat in your belly. That way, you won’t crave bad fats and bad carbs. The reason why is good dietary fat does not raise your blood sugar. Carbs and even protein to a certain extent raise your blood sugar. But not fat. And the great thing about good fats is you don’t need a lot of it to satisfy your hunger. That’s because fat contains twice as much energy (calories) as carbs and protein.
Why not eat a fat diet that’s 100% fat?
If good dietary fat doesn’t raise your blood sugar, then why not eat a 100% Fat Diet? The reason is simple. You’re not going to get enough nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants). Moreover, most sources of good fat do not contain fiber. Fiber, like good fat slows your digestion. But without fiber, you won’t have the roughage necessary to provide bulk to your stools. In other words, without fiber, you’re elimination system becomes stagnant. For many people, myself included, if I eat a bunch of cheesy pizza or red meat without eating enough veggies, it’s harder for me to have a productive poopy.
A high fat diet may help with weight loss. But a long term high fat diet might come at the expense of inadequate nutrition. That’s why if you are on a high fat diet, make sure you’re getting enough veggies. Veggies are high-fiber good carbs that will keep your elimination system running smooth.
What’s the difference between good fats and bad fats?
Again, all examples of good fats are those that are all-natural. If it was around 1,000, 10,000 or 100,000 years ago, it’s a good fat. But bad fats are processed. Think of any snack foods that come in a wrapper. Let’s consider a Twinkie versus an avocado. Obviously, an avocado is healthier. But an avocado has five times more fat than a Twinkie. In fact, an avocado has about 20 grams of dietary fat.
A Twinkie contains less than 5 grams of fat. And let’s for a minute pretend that a sugar-free, carb-free version of the Twinkie were reality. This “diet Twinkie” would be mostly fat. Does that make it healthier? No. That’s because the 5 grams of fat in a Twinkie come mostly from vegetable oil.
Vegetable oils are one of the worst fats. Many people still believe that vegetable oil sounds healthy. After all, veggies are healthy. Thus, vegetable oil, too, must be good for you, right? The problem is the most common vegetable oil is soybean oil. Soybean oil contains about 15 grams of fat per teaspoon. The problem isn’t the high amount of fat per teaspoon. Rather, the problem is that vegetable oil is a recent invention. It’s not a stable fat. That means it spoils very easily. It spoils because of heat and light. Even before you put a bite of that Twinkie in your mouth, it’s already a bad fat; it’s already rancid.
Furthermore, snack foods like Twinkies and chips and cookies contain vegetable oil with hydrogen. “Hydrogenated” oils are the worst fats. The heating process turns these vegetable oils into “trans fats.” Trans fats produce chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain. This is where dietary fat can indeed result in putting on body fat.
Good fats and bad fats: conclusion
Trying to lose weight and get leaner? Then get fat! Get enough good fats in your diet. Kick start your success with a 3-day cleanse. Make sure to include at least a little natural fat with every meal. Even include some in your smoothie. A teaspoon or two of flax seed, hemp seed or chia seeds is all the good fat you need. Avoid eating blackened meats and bacon that’s not organic. An occasional burger is fine. But if you want a burger, turn it into a good fat. Have a patty that’s from grass-fed organic beef. Top it off with a little slice of avocado. And make sure you eat a salad with some olive oil to keep your system running smoothly and eliminating toxins.
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