Believe it or not, but to your surprise or may be even delight, adding some fat to your diet can actually help you lose your weight.
This sounds absurd, isn’t it?
After all, we are what we eat. If we eat fat, we will get fat (and definitely not lean). That’s a common human logic, but in real world human logic fails more often than they are correct correctly predict things.
The fact is your body is an adaptive organism which regulates hormones secretion and enzymes production based on the type of food you eat. So for example if you eat plenty of carbs all the time, your body gets better and better at burning carbs efficiently and storing the excess just as efficiently.
On the contrary if you eat nothing but protein all the time, your body gets efficient at breaking long chain amino acids into simpler fractions for energy as well as muscles tissue formation.
Fat is essential for normal growth and development. It provides energy, protects organs and helps maintain cell membrane that is important for nutrient absorption process. Moreover it also helps you to burn fat.
But you should know where your fat is coming from since not all fats are healthy or essential for body functions.
Here are some types of fats that you should know about.
You will find them in meat, butter, coconut and avocados. This fat is absolute vital for your body functions. It helps your body absorb certain vitamins (A, D, E, and K), immune function, calcium uptake and cell membrane structure.
This fat is the favorite of medical and nutritional community. They are available in olive oil, safflower, sunflower, flax, sesame and peanut. This fat is good in moderation, but should never be heated to extreme temperature as this can cause breakdown and free radicals.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
They are available in grains, soybeans, peanuts and corn. These oils should never be heated as they easily breakdown into free radicals. You should best avoid any oil that is marked as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated.”
There is no worst fat than this to consume. Hydrogenation that we just mentioned turns unsaturated fats into potentially dangerous trans fats. Your body can easily absorb them and they have the tendency to mess up the function of the cells.
Trans fats are linked to obesity, certain type of cancers, abdominal fat, heart disease and diabetes. It is not safe in any amount for human consumption.
As long as you are sure to avoid certain potentially dangerous types of fats, you can lose your fat by consuming fats. However there is another part to this story, which is not too good. If you are convinced by now that eating fat helps burn fat, bear in mind that it can even cause you to gain weight.
That means eating fat is a double sided sword and unless you know how to use it, you may not be able to use it to your full advantage. Studies have found that when you consume diet high in fat, accompanied by a lot of carbohydrate, you gain massive amount of fat (rather than losing it).
That means it takes more than eating fat to lose fat. You also need to give up on eating carbohydrate when you are consuming fat.
Carbohydrate can sabotage your entire weight loss efforts because it triggers insulin release. Insulin helps your body tissue to grow. This is good if that body tissue is muscles, but bad when it is fat. Insulin regulates lipoprotein lipase (LPL) which acts like a glucose-transporter (GLUT) system.
GLUT pulls sugar into muscles and fat cells whereby it gets converted into energy if it is muscles cells, but if it is fat cells, the sugar gets stored as fat. Just like GLUT, LPL also is highly regulated by insulin, but only in fat cells.
Whenever there is a spike in insulin level, concentration of LPL in fat cells rises and thereby causes massive amount of fat to store. However insulin also has opposite effect in LPL in the muscles.
Whenever there is s spike in insulin level, the concentration of LPL from muscles cells decreases, which means your muscles can’t burn any fat cells floating around in the system.
So even though fats are helpful in losing fat, you need to make sure you are doing it right by making sure your plate is not heavily loaded with carbs.
Megha Rawat is a passionate blogger who loves pouring her experience in her articles that she writes around health, fitness and nutrition. She loves playing badminton, skipping rope, trekking, and swimming. She also enjoys cooking delicious meals for her friends and family. You can follow her at https://twitter.com/fityouwow