Fats are the New Skinny


Fats are the New Skinny 

What's the Skinny on Fats?



If you grew up in the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s, like me, your brain was washed to believe that eating fats equaled being fat. The myth was that the fat we consumed would become the body fat we’d carry on our tummies and hips. Thus, the “miracle reduced-fat diet” food fad was born. 



Low-fat, skim and nonfat were the buzz words of the day and foods like yogurt, milk, cheese, mayonnaise, snack foods and salad dressing with these false promises began to line the shelves. Labels promising weight loss due to fat reduction became the industry norm… and we, the consumer, bought it like hotcakes. (Low-fat ones, of course.) 










This popular brand of "Fat-Free" salad dressing appears to be a “diet” food, and the calories are not surprisingly low, but take a look at the carbs …. 11grams in just one serving! Then, look closely at the list of ingredients. Pretty long huh? But, here’s the kicker… high fructose corn syrup is number 2 on the list…. otherwise known as basically pure sugar! 





Even worse, is this national brand of fat-free creamer. Corn syrup is one of the top ingredients listed. Sugar, sugar and more sugar! 

But today, the myth behind the “miracle” has been dispelled.  

Unless you’ve been stuck in a time warp or hiding under a rock, you’ve heard the news surrounding a concept that completely runs in the face of those lies. The promise of lowering your body fat by lowering your nutritional fats has been scientifically disproved.  
But if you haven’t heard the news, to put it simply ... fatty food doesn’t create fatty figures. Carbs and sugar do! 

The main idea of the keto diet is to train your body to use dietary fats to reduce body fat! Sounds crazy but it’s true. You need to eat fat to burn it! The keto lifestyle flies in the face of all those low-fat myths. (See my article, Keto Kept Simple, for a simple explanation of how to start the keto diet. )

On the keto diet, you eat 75% of your foods from fat, 20% from protein and 5% from carbs. This means that if you eat 1,200 calories in a day, you’d consume about 60 calories from carbs, 240 from protein and 840 from fat. Let me say that in a different way… you need to eat foods containing healthy fats to burn body fat. Eliminating carbs from your diet, and adding healthy fats (and a moderate amount of protein), forces your body to burn fat instead of carbs.  

Trader Joe's has a variety of reasonably-priced Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Olive Oils;
Simply Balanced is a delicious and reasonably priced EV Sesame Oi
Suggested Macronutrient Breakdown
Track yours at My Fitness Pal
Our bodies produce carbs naturally and there is absolutely no need for additional carbs in our bodies. When we eat carbs and try to lose weight by diet or exercise, we burn the carbs first, which sounds great, doesn’t it? Imagine eating a jelly donut or a bagel for breakfast then running to the gym and spending an hour on the treadmill. We’ve all been there. And guess what? You will burn some of those carbs off! But what if you didn’t consume that sugar-making breakfast treat? What if, instead, you didn’t eat at all that morning or ate two eggs and avocado instead?  Well, our bodies will begin to produce ketones and in the absence of added carbs, our body will begin to burn actual body fat. (Please see my article, Keto Kept Simple, for more details about the Ketogenic Diet. )

There’s more to the story...

Many people start the keto diet with the false assumption that eating tons and tons of fat will get you into ketosis faster. But if you eat too much fat, your body will burn that dietary fat first and it won’t burn your body’s fat, which is the goal, isn't it? 

So, we get it that fats have gotten a bad rap in the past, right? But, there’s another IMPORTANT thing to note…. Not all fats are created equal. You want to make sure you are feeding your body good, high-quality fats, not the harmful, unhealthy ones! 

But….. There is a huge difference between good and bad fats. Some of the “good fats” include :

Olive oil
Coconut oil 
Grass-Fed Butter 
Avocado 
Bacon 
Heavy cream 
Coconut Cream
MCT Oil





It’s a great idea to download an app like MyFitnessPal, which will give you the macronutrients for every food. What I do is plan my day ahead of time instead of tracking it as I go. Because I’m not an expert. So, I refer to those who are. I have also recently invested in a good digital food scale. I recommend because it allows you to change the unit of measure whether it be grams, ounces or pounds. 

https://www.myfitnesspal.com/

The days when eating fat meant getting fat are in the past. Let's live in today and learn all we can about how our bodies react to healthy fats and, more to the point, how healthy fats will lead to a healthy body.

When you start realizing that KETO is not a diet; it's an actual lifestyle, you'll begin to see things happen! 


If you change your lifestyle, 
you'll change your life. 
Let's Nosh!








Fats to avoid are margarine, corn oil, canola oil, low-fat or fat-free salad dressing, and low fat or fat-free yogurt.
It’s a great idea to download an app like MyFitnessPal, which will give you the macronutrients for every food. What I do is plan my day ahead of time instead of tracking it as I go. Because I’m not an expert. So, I refer to those who are. I have also recently invested in a good digital food scale. I recommend because it allows you to change the unit of measure whether it be grams, ounces or pounds. 

 The days when eating fat meant getting fat are in the past. Let's live in today and learn all we can about how our bodies react to healthy fats and, more to the point, how healthy fats will lead to a healthy body.

When you start realizing that KETO is not a diet; it's an actual lifestyle, you'll begin to see things happen! 

Like I always say, if you change your lifestyle, you'll change your life. Let's Nosh!




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