You’ve heard it before: fat is bad. It’s something that everyone likes to say but we’re going to raise an important question: how bad is it actually? If you’ve been keeping up with our blog to any extent then you already know that there are good fats, and bad fats, and just about everything in between. So where did this anti-fat movement come from, exactly? Well, we can actually trace it back to the 1970’s, believe it or not, and it was actually based on a highly flawed study by a man named Ancel Keys. He published a study regarding six different countries, and in these studies, he made the statement that higher saturated fat intake is a leading cause of heart disease.
Oddly enough, he performed research on 22 countries and left 16 out of those, he chose the six that met his criteria. Naturally, this is just one of the issues that have been raised against fat, but we’re not going to condemn every single organization that made a mistake in the 20th century. Instead, we’re going to discuss the reason fat is actually a good thing, and most importantly how our Wellington medical weight loss can design a program just for you.
Good Fat, Bad Fat, and Everything in Between
To get started here, we’ll say that there are three different macronutrient types which come in the following varieties:
Carbs taste better than proteins, as you already know, and that often means you end up going on a high carb diet. In the 70’s, supermarkets (do you remember supermarkets) started stocking their shelves with ‘low fat’ items, and people ate it up, literally. The problem was that information wasn’t as prevalent back then. People relied on paper publications, and quite frankly, they believed what they were told because they didn’t have much another choice.
A 2010 study recently found that by replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates, you increase your insulin resistance, and therefore, you increase the risk of obesity. Ironically, you also increase your risk of heart disease, which is precisely what you were trying to avoid.
A Look at Different Types of Fats
What many people fail to realize, is that there are in fact many different types of fats out there. When you think of ‘fat’, you imagine this evil entity that’s looking to increase the size of your thighs or bring out the spare tire, when, in fact, there are three different types of fats that you need to consider when you are setting up your perfect diet or a Wellington Medical weight loss program. Let’s explore the three types of fats, and then talk about the need for a good weight loss program.
This is often referred to as a ‘solid fat’, and you’ll find it in most animal foods. There are several foods in which it is more prominent, however.
Foods High in Solid/Saturated Fats
- Foods Low in Solid/Saturated Fats
You will also find that tropical oils like palm oil, cocoa butter, and coconut butter have their own saturated fat. For a healthy diet, consider taking in 10% of your daily calories from saturated fats.
What we have here is a fat that is changed by hydrogenation, which increases the shelf life. A harder fat is introduced into pie crusts and even crackers. Just remember that trans fat raises your cholesterol, so take it in moderation.
You can find trans fat in:
- Salad Dressings
This is a fat that has been changed by a process called hydrogenation. This process increases the shelf life of fat and makes the fat harder at room temperature. Harder fat makes crispier crackers and flakier pie crusts. Trans fat can raise your cholesterol, so eat as little trans fat as possible. You’ll find it in:
This is a liquid fat, at least at room temperature, and it is derived from fat oils. Unsaturated fat will help you to improve your cholesterol oils, so, with that being said, this should be a good chunk of your diet.
As you can see, there are several different types of fats, and it all comes down to moderation. For more help, check out our medical weight loss centers in Wellington. We will strive to get you on a plan and make sure that it is adjusted to your particular body type and metabolism.