Are you consumed with the idea of staying as far away from fat as possible? Only purchasing foods that say low-fat, no-fat and skim. Take a look the next time you are at the grocery store and you will see that the “low-fat, no-fat” marketing plan is being used by just about every food manufacturer. You may not realize that your body actually requires a small amount of fat to be healthy and to create proper energy. If you do not consume fat then your body will not be able to transport vitamins throughout the body and regulate cholesterol levels effectively. Did you know that even the brain requires the fatty acids from fats to create the specialized cells that allow you to think and feel?
In stating the above, I’m not giving you a greenlight to run to the nearest fast food chain and chow down on a burger and fries. However, I am giving you the greenlight to incorporate some fat into your diet. The key is to incorporate unsaturated fats instead of saturated, because not all fats are bad. Unsaturated fats (from plants..an avacado is a good example) are considered to be healthier than saturated fats (most are animal-derived…like a greasy burger). The National Academy of Science states that your fat calories should only make up 30 percent of your total daily calories and that a gram of fat has 9 calories. The average women should not consume more than 60-75 grams daily and the average man no more than 90 grams daily. Of course if you are looking to release weight then that number should be less because your caloric intake should be less. I personally maintain a diet of around 20-25 percent fat, 35-45 percent protein and the remainder with unrefined carbohydrates such as whole grains, root vegetables, legumes, and fresh fruits.
As you may be overly obsessed with consumed fats, you should try to focus on ways to minimize the consumption without ridding them completely. Also, find ways to burn fat naturally. Incorporate muscle building exercises, such as my Visibly Fit program, so you can burn an increase of fat while reaping the body sculpting benefits. Keep in mind that for a pound of muscle to exist, it needs (burns) 35 calories a day. Only 2 calories are burned for a pound of fat to exist. So, eat clean and balanced to help build muscle and shed fat for your perfect physique. I use coconut oil when I cook because it offers good fats. You’ll soon discover that a small amount of the good (unsaturated) fats will keep you healthy and smart!