Ok, its February. The excuse “It was the holidays” is no longer valid for the amount of junk you’ve eaten or the amount of gym days you’ve skipped.
It’s time to get back to the grind to reach those goals and burn the body fat! Think about your diet and the amount of fat you intake per day. Now think about INCREASING that number to shed the pounds! Studies prove this to be effective, provided it’s the right kind of fat.
A gram of fat has more than twice the amount of energy than carbohydrates or protein. This means that the energy it gives you will help keep your metabolism running. Fat is not the easiest nutrient to digest, meaning it stays in your system longer before it is broken down, essentially keeping you full for a longer time. Pair a healthy fat- unsaturated fat, as opposed to saturated fat, with a protein and carbohydrate during your meals to continue fueling your metabolism and burning your stored body fat.
Not sure about unsaturated vs. saturated fat?
Let me break it down for you.
Unsaturated fats are the healthy fats. Aim for no more than 30% of your diet coming from unsaturated fats. They are great for lowering bad cholesterol and are very high in antioxidants. These can be:
- Vegetable oils
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Check out some recipes containing avocado… here!
Saturated fats can have negative effects on the body, if over-consumed, such as increasing bad cholesterol, clogging arteries and affecting cardiovascular health. Limit these to 10% of your diet or less. Most of the saturated fats we consume come from animal-based products, such as:
- Whole milk
- Cream, ice cream
- Red meat
At room temperature, unsaturated fats are typically liquid and saturated fats are solid.
Keep that in mind next time you reach for the extra cheese on your sandwich. Instead, try a dash of olive oil (and balsamic) to give great taste and greater benefits for your health!
Let us know how replacing some of these saturated fats works for you! Contact us with questions and feedback.