Medi-Weightloss – Good Fats vs. Bad Fats – Weight Loss Tips by Dr. Shah


Dietary fat can be confusing. Good fat, bad
fat, trans fat, no fat. Will eating fat make me gain fat? Let’s start with the basics.
Fats, just like carbohydrates and proteins provide us energy. Fat is more cholerically
dense compared to other macro nutrients. Fat contains 9 calories per gram and in comparison
carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 calories per gram. A serving size of fat looks significantly
smaller than a servicing size of protein or carbohydrates. For example, only 2 tablespoons
of peanut butter or olive oil is 1 serving. Our bodies need fat to transport Vitamins
A, D, E, and K. Fat also helps produce hormones, store energy, maintain healthy skin and protect
organs. Okay, so we need fat, but what’s the good kind? The majority of your fat intake
should be from unsaturated fats. Either poly or mono unsaturated. These are good healthy
fats because they help reduce heart disease and can help lower cholesterol levels. Good
healthy fat can be found in foods like olive oil, canola, and peanut oil, nuts, avocados,
salmon, and other fish, lean meats and poultry. Saturated fat and trans fat are the bad unhealthy
types of fat. Saturated fats are the main dietary culprit in raising blood cholesterol
and increasing the risk of heart disease. Bad fats are found in foods like butter, lard,
whole milk and cream, cheeses, processed meat such as hot dogs or sausages, fatty cuts of
meat, tropical oils, and fried foods. trans fat is found in many commercially processed
foods like french fries, chips, cookies, baked goods and donuts. Recent studies suggest consuming
trans fat results in even greater risk in developing cardiovascular disease. Although
every person needs fat in their diet the type and amount of fat eaten can influence one’s
health. Limit your intake of bad fats especially Trans fats and enjoy the good healthy fats
in moderation.

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