Due to the name, many people believe that fat will make them gain weight. And that’s partially true, if you eat the wrong types of fat or too much of it. But it’s not true that you need to avoid fat completely. In fact, fat is a vital nutrient and is an important part of a healthy weight loss plan!
Fat is part of a healthy diet. Fat in your diet helps you to absorb critical nutrients such as fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K). Powerful antioxidants like lutein and lycopene also require fat for proper absorption in the gut. This is actually the reason many salad dressings are based in olive oil, or other types of oils. Not only are dressings a great way to add flavor to salads; they contribute to your overall nutrition.
Fat helps you feel full. Fat digests more slowly, meaning you will feel full for longer between meals. And a slower digestion means fewer spikes in your blood sugar, more stable energy, a better mood, and fewer cravings.
Fat is satisfying. Fat adds flavor to meals, helping you to feel more satisfied afterward. In turn, that helps you to enjoy your weight loss plan more, and cut back on feelings of deprivation.
You might also feel full faster, so even though fat carries more calories you might still eat fewer overall.
Fat is good for your brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to contribute to healthy brain function, warding off inflammation and neurological decline. Eating more healthy fats can protect your memory and cognition well into your 60s, 70s, and beyond.
This is good news, but of course there is a caveat. When including fats in your diet, remember to stick to the “good” ones. Avoid fried foods and packaged snacks, and focus on olive oil, fatty fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, coconut, and avocados. And if you have any other questions about including the right type of fat in your weight loss plan, schedule an appointment to discuss your nutrition regimen.