“Eating FAT will make you fat”, “FAT is bad”, “cut out bad FAT to live longer”. These statements have been said and heard more than enough times, resulting in much confusion.
Kezia helps us to debunk the myths and clarify the effect different fats have on our health.
Good fat, bad fat, why do we even need fat?
First of all the right kind of fat plays an essential role in the body. Namely, fat is vital for vitamin absorption, energy development as well as adequate brain functionality. There are even some fats which lowers the risk of developing heart disease. So which are good and which are bad?
Fats are divided into 4 main classes
o Saturated fats
o Monounsaturated fats
o Polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and 6)
o Essential fatty acids
Different fats have different effects on the body:
In conclusion, we can see that FAT isn’t ‘bad’ and that they’re not the enemy, we simply need to understand them correctly. If we place more emphasis on limiting the ‘bad’ fats while making sure that we eat enough of the ‘good’ fats, we’ll be one step closer to living a healthier life.
Click here for my opinion on a new weight loss pill - published on Destiny Online
Monique gives us tips on some waistline-friendly breakfasts
Your mother was right- breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious breakfast is essential in providing the energy you need for a long day ahead of scheduled meetings and never-ending deadlines. Research shows that those who eat breakfast are more likely to lose and maintain weight loss than those who forgo this healthy meal. It is suggested that a healthy breakfast will keep you fuller for longer and prevent reckless overeating throughout the day.
Looking for an eating plan to support your gym training while building muscle and losing fat?
Click here to see the eating plan Lila did for Muscle Science Lean Body!
Your child has your eyes, but does she have your weight concerns too?
There has been much research done into the relationship between a parent's attitude towards their weight and the effect it has on a child's body image. In addition, the research that I did for my Masters study showed that over 50% of 8- and 9-year old girls wanted to be thinner and had already tried to lose weight in the past. Also, the degree to which parents commented on their child's weight was found to have a significant effect on how happy the child was with their bodies.
Therefore the best thing you can do to ensure your child has a healthy weight and body image is to avoid talking about your own weight and avoid commenting on your child's weight. Rather set a good healthy eating example by letting your child see you eating in a balanced way and exercising regularly.
Here are some more tips to improve your child's body image:
With February being the month of Love, isn't a good time to look after your heart?
You can love your heart by:
If you feel like you are constantly forgetting where you left your keys, or forever finding your colleagues' names are at the tip of your tongue but not quite close enough, perhaps you could do with eating the right foods to boost your memory.
Click here to see the Destiny Man article about memory-enhancing foods that I was quoted in
For those vegetarians among you, who are pregnant, or planning for a family, see this Beeld article that I was quoted in
And lastly, here is some info on the immune-boosting properties of mushrooms from a Sunday World article I was quoted in
Check out my photospread in the June 2011 issue of Oprah magazine (pg 73)! I did a fridge makeover for Glorious Sefako to get her on the road to a healthier lifestyle.
Lila Bruk is a registered dietician, nutritional consultant and freelance health journalist.
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