It’s time to bust some myths and iron out the confusion… What is fat? What are the different types? And how do I know what is good and what is bad? Won’t eating fat make me fat? Well, let’s start with the basics!
Body fat Vs. Dietary fat
Fat stored in the body (body fat) is from eating too much food when the body doesn’t need it. Food is fuel, to run our body machines efficiently – too much fuel is like needing a Jerry can when you fill up your car! Think of body fat as your excess petrol that never gets used because you keep filling the cars tank (or eating too many processed carbohydrates) before you’ve used the fuel from the Jerry can (the excess carbs you ate the day before).
If you continue to follow this pattern, you’ll need another Jerry can every time you fill up! (many Jerry cans = overweight/obese)
Fuel for our body can be from one of 3 macronutrient groups (protein, carbohydrates and dietary fats). Eating the Ignite Way you need all 3 every time you eat, but they need to be the good kind.
Dietary fat (from favourable foods like avocado, nuts, seeds, olives and oils) is like using premium unleaded as your fuel! Instead of fat, this macronutrient group should have been called premium fuel.
Look for unsaturated fats – they’re high in important nutrients and faster burning calories giving you more efficient energy that won’t be stored as body fat IF you follow a low/no processed carbohydrate eating plan.
THIS IS THE KEY!!!
Eating processed carbs (bread, rice, pasta, cereals, flour, sugar) is like using pure ethanol as fuel. It’s the least favourable fuel source for the body, leaving you feeling slow and sluggish thinking you need to eat more, even before you’ve used up the current intake.
Ethanol = no energy = increase fuel intake before previous energy used = need more Jerry cans (body fat storage)
If you mix the two fuels together, alcohol and premium (bad carbs and good fats) you get watered down E10 petrol… This means that if you eat heaps of bread with heaps of avocado you won’t use the avocado as your fuel source and the extra energy from both the bread and the avocado will become belly jelly…
If you instead ate 1/4 of an avocado with a plate full of green leafy veg and a plam sized piece of salmon, the avocado will fuel your body while the fish would repair your cells/muscles and the veggies will give your body a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
The premium fuel (good fats), if eaten without ethanol (bad carbs) will be your preferred energy source and your body will become really good at using all the fat up without storing extra as body fat.
Moral of the story is - FAT WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT unless you eat sugar…
Follow the Ignite Way of Eating to get the most out of your fuel.
On a side note – avoid trans fats like the plague (found in deep fried foods and pastries, most processed carbohydrates and margarine as well as any food that says it’s been partially hydrogenated).
Saturated fat in moderation is not the devil, as long as your bad carb intake is non-existent/minimal.
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