Eat more fat to lose fat!!!!

Eating more fats and oils to become lean

If you are wanting to improve your body composition and EVEN lose weight it’s essential that you get enough fat in your diet.  Our bodies need fat to function properly that’s why they’ve been designed to store fat so easily.

You must eat the right fats though!

Fat is:

  • a vital component of all our cell membranes,
  • insulates our nerve cells allowing proper transmission of impulses
  • insulates us in the cold
  • satiates us –telling us when we’ve had enough food

Not all fats and oils are equal though and some we need to avoid totally.

Let’s talk about the good fats first.  Most people will have heard of Omega 3 fatty acids or fish oils, the health benefits and sporting benefits of these oils are amazing.  Nearly all professional sports people who’s blood I analyse are deficient in Omega 3. We simply do not eat enough oily fish in our diet and virtually everyone could benefit by supplementing with an omega 3 oil especially children.

Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is an oil that is less common but this is starting to change as more is discovered about it’s health benefits.  It helps raise the metabolism, which in turn can actually help you lose weight and some of the compounds within it are potent anti microbial agents so it can help boost your immune system.  Many people really enjoy the taste of food cooked in coconut oil, fry salmon steaks, chicken breasts and eggs in it.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Make sure you get extra virgin olive oil as this is from the first pressing of the olives and retains more of the goodness. When you purchase EVOO make sure it is either in a darkened bottle or a tin as light can affect the quality of the oil. Use it in salad dressings or to cook with.

Ok what about the fats we should avoid…

An increasing body of evidence is starting to point the finger of blame to many of western societies ills to Omega 6 oils, scientists suggest that we should have an Omega 3:6 ratio of  between 1:1 or 1:3 in most people it’s up to 1:20 or more!!

Omega 6 is pro- inflammatory which means that it’s implicated in many of the illnesses that lead to heart attacks and other pro inflammatory diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.   The rise in omega 6 is attributable to a switch to widespread use of vegetable oils and margarines and feeding

More information is available at my website https://www.sportsnutritionvlog.com/

Matt Lovell

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