When you think of losing weight, fat is always thought of as culprit; in recent years, carbohydrates have seem to taken its place though. While super low-fat diets were once touted as the way to most effectively lose weight, it is becoming clearer that fats, certain types of fats anyway, are beneficial for our health in many ways and that they should make up a greater portion of the diet than once believed. If you are trying to lose weight, eating the right fats in the right quantities may be an important part of the equation.
Not All Fats are Created Equal
The distinction between ''good'' fats and ''bad'' fats has been becoming clearer and it is an important distinction to make. Good fats, like those found in nuts, seeds and olive oil offer many health benefits, particularly for the heart. Saturated fats in animal products can harm our health when eaten in excess. Trans fats, the worst fat of all, offer no benefits, serve no purpose in the body and is best avoided as much as possible.
Fat is an essential part of your diet. It provides energy, absorbs certain nutrients and maintains your core body temperature. You need to consume fat every day to support these functions
Some types of vitamins rely on fat for absorption and storage. Vitamins A, D, E and K, called fat-soluble vitamins, cannot function without adequate daily fat intake.
Fat cells, stored in adipose tissue, insulate your body and help sustain a normal core body temperature.
Satiating fat leaves you feeling full. When the fat you eat hits your small intestine, it sets off a cascade of signals which includes the release of hormones such as CCK and PYY. These two hormones play a major role in appetite regulation and satiety; they leave you feeling full and satisfied.
A human brain is 60% fat, with over 25% of that being cholesterol. Our hormones and neurotransmitters are made of cholesterol – only found in animal fats. You need fats to be healthy.