Erin Lanahan Method

Signature method to get fit from the inside out!

Nutrition Tuesday- “The Skinny on Fats” August 4, 2009

Well we have a treat today everyone. Devon Crabtree is back to talk to us about how fats are an essential part of our diet and how they can actually help us or hurt us, based on the types of  fats we are choosing to eat.  She spoke to us a few weeks ago about her nutrition philosophy called “Diets Don’t Work.” Devon is one of my dearest friends, and we have been on this amazing journey together. I truly love working with her, as she has a real passion for what she does, and together we are a great team. Thanks again Devon!!! Please see below for this master mind article about what you need to know about fats!

The skinny on Fats

Not all fats are created equal. Some fats promote our health positively, while others increase our risks of heart disease. The key is to replace the bad fats with the good ones. The fact is, our bodies need a certain amount of fat to help with nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, and maintaining cell membrane integrity. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats. Nuts, avocados, salmon, and olive oil are all examples of good sources of these types of fats. They help to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, as well as providing proper satiety and therefore lower the chance of overeating. These fats can actually aid with weight loss.

Saturated fats and trans fats are what should be avoided at all costs! Saturated fat is found mainly in animal foods like meat, dairy and eggs. It raises LDL cholesterol and aids in the risk of chronic heart disease, obesity, and heart attack.

Trans fat are the real killer in the fat world. Trans fats undergo a chemical process in which they are hydrogenated (to add hydrogen) to withstand better in food production. This fat is literally solid at room temperature, and liquid at 450 degrees! Imagine what this is doing inside our bodies! Most large food companies add trans fats to processed foods to increase the shelf life. Beware! Be a nutrition detective.  If the food label lists “partially hydrogenated oil” it contains trans fats and should be avoided.

Now that you have the facts, you have the tools to make the right choices when it comes to fat consumption. Read your food labels, and stick with portion sizes and you can’t go wrong.

Beautifully explained Devon. If you want to learn more, click here for a FASCINATING YouTube video, and see below for another one.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND YOUR FATS, HOW THEY CAN HELP OR HURT US, MAKE US GAIN OR LOOSE WEIGHT! THIS IS A COOL VIDEO TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND.

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