“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.
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Monique's guide on how to choose a safe, effective weight loss plan...
The Atkins diet, the Zone diet, the Cookie Diet- fad diets come and go as quickly as fashion changes in New York. If these diets were really effective no-one would ever have a weight problem. Here are some ways to spot a fad diet:
1. Dramatic statements
This is probably the biggest warning sign of any fad diet. Any diet promising that you will lose 20kg in a month is a fad diet. Weight loss is only healthy and sustainable at a goal of 500g to 1kg per week. Also look out for statements like “eat all you want and still lose weight”, and terms like “effortless,” “easy,” “guaranteed,” “breakthrough formula,” and the like.
2. Restricting foods
A diet that tells you to completely eliminate a certain food or food group from your diet should send alarm bells off in your head. Not only is it unsustainable, but restricting a food or an entire food group will exclude vital nutrients and put you at an increased risk for developing nutritional deficiencies in the long run.
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.
Lila Bruk is a registered dietician, nutritional consultant and freelance health journalist.
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