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The Misconceptions of Fat

Not all fat is bad. It’s easy to assume that all of our weight loss problems would be solved if we just eliminated fat from our diets. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. We actually need fats, and as a matter of fact, we can’t live without them. Fat is not only a primary source of fuel for our bodies, but is also a source of essential fatty acids such as omega-3. Fatty acids keep our skin soft, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A, D and E.

So, how does this all work? The fat that you eat is broken down during digestion into smaller units of fat called fatty acids. Any fat not used by your body’s cells or not used to create energy is converted into stored body fat. Likewise, unused carbohydrates and proteins are also converted into body fat.

Saturated Fat

Poor old saturated fat. For over forty years now, it’s been spoken of only in hushed tones, dissed as nothing but artery clogging, obesity-causing poison. This “common sense fact” has become so widely accepted that a lot of people who want to improve their diet start by purchasing skim milk, ditching their egg yolks, and beginning a life free of steak, pork, and butter. But the tide is very slowly starting to turn. Prominent journals and scientists are beginning to speak out on saturated fat’s benefits, and, after government scientists reviewed 16,000 studies on diet and obesity, Sweden recently became the first Western country to advocate a high-fat diet to its citizens. It’s time to bring bacon back to breakfast. After all, saturated fat is good for you.

Why Saturated Fat Can Be Good For You

Saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump their fat cells, which helps the liver to function more effectively. Saturated fatty acids, especially the kinds found in butter and coconut, help white blood cells to recognize and destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Eating saturated fat tends to increase free testosterone levels, which helps to repair tissue, preserve muscle, and improve sexual function.

So you might assume that fat is to blame for the obesity epidemic now plaguing our nation. Actually, fat is only part of the problem. Obesity is much more complicated than just overeating a single nutrient. Eating more calories — from fats, carbohydrates, protein, and alcohol — than you burn off leads to weight gain. Simply put, people who get little physical activity and eat a diet high in calories are going to gain weight. Genetics, age, sex, and lifestyle also weigh into the weight-gain formula. Fat is high in calories, so it can promote weight gain in that respect. Per gram, it has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. But provided an eye is kept on the amount, saturated fat in and of itself doesn’t have any negative impact on the body.

Good Fats versus Bad Fats

But it’s easy to get confused about good fats vs. bad fats, how much fat we should eat, how to avoid artery-clogging trans fats, and the role omega-3 fatty acids play in heart health. Frequently eating more energy than you need, whether it’s from fat, carbohydrate or protein, increases your risk of becoming overweight or obese, which can increase your cholesterol.

When it comes to heart health, you are better off focusing on your overall diet than on individual nutrients such as fat or sugar. A balanced and nutritious diet plan is considered one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. That’s because heart disease and obesity are exacerbated by inactivity, trans fats, refined carbs, and overeating, The Igen Process quantifies and regulates all your food intake to produce deficits in your intake that will lead to weight loss.

The Misconceptions of Fat