Ah yes, the big "fat" debate. This is a favorite topic of mine, especially since usually, when i bring it up, I get nothing but eye rolls. I get it, first there was no fat, than there was no sugar, than there was no gluten, than there was no dairy. What next? But the big food corporations will really tell you anything to get you to buy their products - all they have to do is put a health check on it and tell you that a doctor said it would make you lose weight. But where are the facts? What's actually going into my "fat free" yogurt? - a product that is essentially completely composed of fat.
Well I can tell you one thing - fats are not the enemy. Fats give you energy, help lubricate your joints, give you younger looking, softer skin and hair, and keep you fuller, longer.
Through putting people on high "healthy" fat diets, I've helped mamma's lose their last bit of stubborn baby fat, and fitness junkies to lose those last 10lbs. How? Eating a diet high in fat (about 50% of your daily diet) - without overdosing on your personal ideal caloric intake - can help change your body from a carb burner to a fat burner. Which basically means when you need fuel your body will grab from its excess fat stores instead of your carb stores (a popular default since as a culture we tend to eat mainly carbs) So essentially, eating more fat teaches your body to lose weight more efficiently when you want to).
So, what ARE some healthy fats?
Fats that come from grass fed, free range animals
Fats that are solid at room temperature and non hydrogenated like Coconut oil, Grass fed butter, and grass fed lard.
Nuts and Natural Nut Butters
And what fats should I avoid?
Highly processed and rancid fats that pollutes our bodies like:
Don't beleive me? Give me one month - I'm ont even asking you to up your fat intake - simply avoid the list of rancid fats and start replacing them with this list of healthy fats above. After the month is over, I guarentee you'll notice a difference in the way you feel, the way you function, and the way you look at fats.