Hey there - are you ready for 2017?? Are you thinking about the new year and making a few changes to support your health? If so, of course you are not alone. This time of year is when most people make their resolutions and plans for losing weight or starting a new diet...
Here are 3 fat facts to dispel the myths about weight loss and dietary fat:
1. Dietary Fat Makes You Fat! I want to make sure that you have a clear understanding about dietary fat since there is still a lot of confusion about the fat in our diets and I see too many clients avoiding fats in order to "lose weight." Before I go any further, I want to say FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT! Of course, there is a big difference between the fat from a plate of cookies and the fat from an avocado. Stay away from trans fats found in processed foods like cakes, cookies, crackers, etc. But, good fats, like organic extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and organic nut butters, are healthy and will keep your metabolism up by giving your body good fuel to burn. The right fats are actually your cells' preferred fuel, especially those fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's) that come from foods like coconut oil and coconut butter.
2. All Calories Are NOT Created Equal! Calories that you get from sugar are metabolized differently. Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger and blood sugar levels. Calories from healthy fats and proteins promote fat burning. The highest quality calories come from nutrient dense whole foods and lean proteins. Fresh fruit and vegetables (organic whenever possible), whole foods and not processed packaged foods, and plenty of nuts and seeds (just make sure that those nuts/seeds are not coated in sugars or roasted in vegetable oils and salts).
3. You Can't Eat Whatever You Want And Exercise To Keep The Pounds Off. Yes, exercise will burn calories, but if you are consuming an unhealthy diet and relying on exercise to lose weight, you're setting yourself up to fail! You really can't exercise your way out of a bad diet... Your body needs good nutrition to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism. Exercise is very important and some kind of movement is vital every day, whether you are going to a gym or taking a daily walk. We are meant to move! But you must support that movement with a healthy, nutritious diet that contains healthy fats as well. To lose weight and keep it off, get daily exercise and eat a healthy diet filled with plenty of plant foods, healthy fats and protein.
Remember, it's never too late to start. We all start somewhere... If you have decided that 2017 is your time to start eating a healthier diet and maybe lose a few pounds, then I hope this blog has helped you.
Have a safe, healthy, peaceful and happy new year! Here's to the road that lies ahead, here's to you!!
Until next time,