David Ball PT

Storm Fitness PT

Essential Fats.

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Since the 1960’s the idea of a low fat diet started to be promoted as the best way to lose weight and by the 1980’s it was seen as “fact” by the majority of the western world that the best way to solve the increasing obesity epidemic was to get people eating less fat. Fats were demonised as being the cause of obesity, heart disease and high cholesterol mainly because of their high calorie content. Every 1g of fat equals 9 calories, while the same amount of carbohydrate or protein equals only 4 calories, therefore decreasing fat equals less calories, which equals less weight gain.

This popular misconception has led to millions decreasing their fat intake and the rise in popularity of low fat yogurts, skimmed milk and margarines. Is this low fat approach the answer? The body is not a calculator and it is not as simple as calories in and calories out when it comes to health and consuming enough healthy fats is vital for optimum health and with optimum health you can expect body composition changes

Fats are essential for many reasons,

  • Cell growth and function.

  • Functioning of the brain and nerves.

  • Production of cell membranes.

  • Transportation of vitamins A,D, E and K through the body.

  • Formation of steroid hormone, which is vital for growth.

  • Fat can be used for energy.

Over the last couple of months I have been doing a lot of food diaries with new female clients, one of the first things that I notice is the lack of decent quality fats. Lots of low fat yogurts, fully skimmed milk, avoiding cheese and butter and the higher fat meats and fish. With fats being such a vital part of the bodies basic functions this is a real threat to health. This is from a real attempt by the client to try and do the right thing for their health but have unfortunately been convinced by advertising and government campaigns that low fat is the better option.

So my advice for you is to try and make sure you get plenty of healthy fats in your diet, this could come from sources such as avocados, various nuts and seeds, double cream, oily fish such as mackerel and herring. Eat quality grass fed beef and lamb. Try cooking with coconut oil or butter. Try to get the organic option where possible. Do be aware of the fact that, as I mentioned, fat does contain more than twice the calories of proteins and carbs so make sure you keep track of how much you’re having and adjust your macros accordingly.

 

For more advice on your diet or personal training sessions with me David Ball, contact Storm fitness, message me at bally26@msn.com or @ballavont on twitter, or call 07919353614.

 

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