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8/19/2014 12:47 PM grooming • 0 Comments

What Is Fat?

  • Fats are compounds in the body that provide the building blocks for making hormones, help deliver certain vitamins and acids, access energy, and help maintain nourishment and moisture.

 

  • We need fats, but not all fats are created equal. Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat; eating saturated fat and too many other foods that don’t get used and stored as fat, makes you fat.

 

  • Do eat unsaturated fats like avocado and nuts at each meal to help turn off your hunger switch and provide your body with the good stuff it needs for fat’s important jobs listed above.  However, saturated fats from fried foods and animal-based meals provide too much of the bad kind of fat that can raise your triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, so go easy.

 

  • Your body is programmed to store excess energy as fat. This is a survival mechanism that protected your ancestors from starvation. Many foods get turned into fat for storage to protect from future famines. Foods—whether from protein, carbs or fats—all contain calories. Any calories that don’t get used, get stored as fat.  

 

  • Anytime you’re eating too much of one type of food, like simple carbs or processed sugar, and your body isn’t moving enough to use their energy, they get processed into fats and stored. This stored fat contributes to higher triglycerides and LDL. So, be wise and eat balanced meals.

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