Is Fat Really Bad?

For decades now the media, government and other individuals with a basic knowledge and understanding of fat have supported the idea that having a Low-Fat diet is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving body composition.

Fat is not our enemy when it comes to getting ready for the summer, a wedding, social events etc. Fat is our FRIEND.

Obviously healthy fats such as free range meats, butter, eggs etc.

Why fat is our friend

  1. It provides essential fatty acids, which the body is unable to make itself.
  2. Fat stores long lasting energy, even more so than carbohydrates, thus making it a great way to start the day and keep you going until lunch time.
  3. Eating fat makes you feel fuller and therefore controls your appetite.
  4. Fat is vital to help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins which are the cornerstone of health (Vitamin A, D, E & K).
  5. Fat has a low insulin response, the hormone of aging, as compared to the way sugar does.

Next time you are looking for a product that is “Low Fat” make sure you are fully aware that the healthier fats in your diet help you much more than hurt you!

AVOID THESE FATS:

There are unfortunately fats that are not your friend and you should avoid them, such as trans fats.

Short for “trans fatty acids,” trans fat appears in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

You might find trans fat in:

  • fried foods (French fries, doughnuts, deep-fried fast foods)
  • margarine (stick and tub)
  • vegetable shortening
  • baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries)
  • processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn)

LDL & HDL Fats

Like saturated fat, trans fat can raise LDL (bad) Cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol. Trans fat can also suppress HDL (good) cholesterol levels, or “good” cholesterol.

Doctors have also linked trans fats to an increased risk of inflammation in the body. This inflammation can cause harmful health effects that may include heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Check the label

Some margarines will contain trans fats if they’re made with hydrogenated ingredients, so make sure to always choose non-hydrogenated versions.

Labelling laws allow food companies to round down to zero and claim “no trans fats” or “zero grams of trans fats” if the amount per serving is less than 0.5 g, despite still containing hydrogenated oils.

It is important to ignore the front-of-package marketing and always read the ingredient list.

Balanced Diet and Movement

It is extremely vital that you have a balanced diet with plenty of good fats mixed with carbohydrates and protein. As well as this you should always look to keep moving throughout the day. Get your steps in and burn calories to keep your weight down.

As everyone has found out during 2020/2021 your health is the most important thing in life. There is no better investment than in yourself. So why not look at working out at home with some of the great equipment we have on offer at D N Fitness.

Invest in your equipment

Remember you do not need a full gym with 100s of different pieces of kit, why not try using functional equipment such as the Resistance bow – https://www.dnfit.co.uk/functional-strength/resistance-bands/deluxe-bands/resistance-bow/

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As we said earlier on in the post; fat is our friend. Although you must make sure that when using the good fats, mix this in with training hard using your new equipment.

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