That pesky “F” word just doesn’t seem to ever fade away, does it? Well, you might as well get used to it because it’s not going anywhere, anytime fast. But here’s the good news. It’s not looked at as such a sinful thing anymore.
Once upon a time, fat was referred to as the doer of all evil and causer of all ill. But as time went on and research proved otherwise, fat once again took a prominent position on the dinner plate, and justifiably so.
In case you weren’t aware, this juicy macronutrient brings abundant amounts of benefits with it. One of which is it actually helps fight fat, not cause it. Yes, you heard that correctly. And here’s what makes the magic happen.
Carbs and protein are the other macronutrients. They each contain 4 calories per gram. Fat is more dense. It contains 9 calories per gram. This can be a bad thing if you do not execute discipline. But it can also work in your favor if you play your cards right.
A tablespoon of nut butter contains about 100 calories and 9 g of fat. You can find about the same nutrient content in a ¼ c of almonds. Now compare this to a can of Coke. It has zero grams of fat, but it contains 140 calories!
All of which come directly from simple carbs. Since these calories get digested quickly, you do not get a full feeling. You might feel bloated for a few seconds due to the carbonation, but then you’ll probably belch that feeling away and things will quickly go back to normal.
Then what? Then you’re hungry and you reach for more garbage to satisfy your urge to feast. You just set the table nicely for weight gain.
Now go back to the nuts or the nut butter. When you eat these higher-fat foods, they fill you up and keep you feeling full for an extended period of time. The nutrient and calorie-density in this case, works to your advantage.
The end result is you will eat less calories overall, and fight the fat on your body with the fat that you consume. Keep this in mind when it comes to meal prepping and eating out.
Your hormones drive every physical and mental process you go through on a daily basis. When they are in sync, so are you. But when they are off, life can be miserable. And, you will have excess fat dripping off your ribs to constantly remind you of that fact.
Believe it or not, when you follow a low-fat/no-fat diet, you are hindering your hormone function, which can directly relate to fat storage. Remember, to optimize hormone release, you need to eat fat!
That being said, by consuming fat, you will keep your hunger-stimulating and suppressing hormones, ghrelin and leptin, in balance. This will benefit you over the long haul because you won’t be as tempted to overeat.
Plus, you will also keep your testosterone and growth hormone levels boosted. They also rely heavily on fat for proper release. In case you were unaware, they are vital for building and maintaining muscle. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be.
So, by eating fat, you indirectly help your fat-burning efforts through the effect you get from your hormone release. Do you see how this all comes full circle now?
One more Boost of Metabolism
There is one particular type of fat that needs to be brought into the conversation. It comes from coconut oil and it is called medium chain triglycerides. You may have heard this referred to as MCTs out on the streets.
The magic that comes with this fat is three-fold. It helps fill you up, it gives you energy and it also gives you a natural lift of metabolism. This means, if you did nothing else but consumed a tablespoon or two of coconut oil a day, you can promote fat loss.
It really doesn’t get any easier than that. If you add in the other factors, you will be set, and you’ll never turn your back on fat again.
The Bottom Line
Here’s the deal. It is in your best interest to incorporate fat in your diet, but know your limitations. Always opt for healthy fats and don’t go overboard. You can still end up accumulating a lot of calories, which can fatten you up.
Plus, if you sit in front of the TV and nosh down half a jar of almond butter, you can be looking at a pretty serious belly ache too.
Keep your fats as whole and close to mother nature as possible. Choose extra virgin, organic coconut oil, organic seeds, nuts, avocadoes, olives, olive oil and nut butters, and grass-fed butter for your daily needs.
Treat fat as supplements, just like you would multi-vitamins, protein powders or greens formulas. The easiest way to do this is by adding them in throughout the day in small amounts. Follow that rule to a tee and the fight against fat will be won with fat itself.