Eat Fat to get lean!

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I know some people are already thinking I’m a little crazy….. but not ALL fat is bad, in fact some are essential for health, body composition and fat loss.

Our bodies need fat to function properly that’s why they’ve been designed to store fat so easily.

You must eat the right fats though!

Fat is:

a vital component of all our cell membranes,
insulates our nerve cells allowing proper transmission of impulses, and therfore muscle contractions (want to get stronger? eat fat!)
insulates us in the cold
satiates us –telling us when we’ve had enough food

Helps create Vitamin D a “feel good” vitamin in the Body

Not all fats and oils are equal though and some we need to avoid totally.

Most people will have heard of Omega 3 fatty acids or fish oils, the health benefits and sporting benefits of these oils are amazing.  The majority of people are deficient in Omega 3 and virtually everyone could benefit by supplementing with an omega 3 oil especially children.

Virgin Organic Coconut Oil  helps raise the metabolism, which in turn can actually help you lose weight and some of the compounds within it are potent anti microbial agents so it can help boost your immune system.  It’s also a great source of energy. Many people really enjoy the taste of food cooked in coconut oil, fry salmon steaks, chicken breasts, stirfry, roast potatoes!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Make sure you get extra virgin olive oil as this is from the first pressing of the olives and retains more of the goodness. When you purchase EVOO make sure it is either in a darkened bottle or a tin as light can affect the quality of the oil. Use it in salad dressings or to cook with.

Ones to reduce or eliminate;

Lots of studies talk about Western illnesses being attributed to a highly imbalanced ratio between Omega 3 and Omega 6 intake. Ideally the ratio should be  between 1:1 or 1:3 infavour of Omega 3, whereas most people it’s up to 1:20 or more!!

Omega 6 is pro- inflammatory which means that it’s implicated in many of the illnesses that lead to heart attacks and other pro inflammatory diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.   The rise in omega 6 is attributable to a switch to widespread use of vegetable oils and margarines and feeding cattle on grains instead of letting them get fat on grass ( which takes longer). My advice is to eat grass fed or organic beef (or eat more lamb) and to avoid vegetable oils and margarines, whilst increasing your fish oils and the Omega 3 containing products above.

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