Changing the types of fats you are using can greatly increase your health and your ability to burn stubborn fat.
We live in a time where we all trust and believe that restaurants and health food stores have our best interest at heart, but unfortunately this isn’t the reality.
More and more often I am seeing also health food stores bake a cook foods with oils that are actually harmful to our bodies.
Now how could this happen?
We believe we should just trust the healthy restaurants we go to, hoping that the lean chicken breast and green beans we just ordered were cooked in oils that will actually make us healthier and stronger?
But what actually distinguishes a healthy fat vs an unhealthy fat?
Fats are responsible for helping to regulate hormones by production of cholesterol, for protecting your organs (to cushion them), produce energy, growth of the body, brain function, regulation of immune function, metabolism, and so many other functions.
Basically, you can’t live without them and your body does not produce fats on it’s own so we have to ingest them.
Fat isn’t the devil, and it’s important to understand that not all fats are the created the same either.
Some fats can actually do harm to your body, and can actually make you gain weight.
So Which Fats Actually Add To Your Health?
#1: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a powerful fat as it has been shown to help improve overall immune function, metabolism, insulin resistance, and can also be used as a topical lotion as it’s very moisturizing.
Though coconut oil is considered a saturated fat, don’t let the name fool you. There are certain types of saturated fats that are actually good for you, and coconut oil is one of them.
There is something called MCT’s which stand for Medium Chain Triglycerides inside coconut oil which have also been known to speed up weight loss and reduce appetite.
Coconut oil has also been shown to improve HDL, the good cholesterol we all need.
As any fat and food, make sure to rotate it and mix it up by using other fats which are included below.
Who doesn’t love guacamole?
Not only are avocados delicious to eat, but they are one of the most nourishing fats as they have a great macronutrient profile of protein, carbs and fats.
Avocados have been known to also help balance hormones in both men and women, which is a huge plus to this food.
Avocados are also extremely high in nutrients like: Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Vitamin C. Giving this fruit (yes, I said fruit) a huge incentive to eat it.
They are also loaded with fiber which none of us tend to get enough of, and help to keep us, ahem…regular.
#3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Olive oil has been used for years in the mediterranean and Mediterranean Diet as a way for Europeans to stay healthy and lean and is very easy to incorporate into your diet.
EVOO is rich in antioxidants that help to keep your immune system high and keep your strength in the gym as an athlete.
It also has high antiinflammatory properties which may combat against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
EVOO can be used in a number of ways including cooking on a stove, adding to salad dressings, and also baked goods.
#4 Egg Yolks
This one may rattle some feathers!
How many of you have been told to avoid the yolks as they raise your cholesterol?
Science is constantly evolving, there’s even a book out now called “Eat The Yolks” which I encourage any of you who are skeptical to read.
The bottom line is that eating cholesterol rich foods doesn’t lead to cholesterol.
Egg yolks are rich in choline (brain health), lutein and zeaxanthin (eye health) and are also loaded with vitamin A, E and calcium.
Eat em’ up! Don’t waste the yolks when they are a nourishing source of fats.
#5 Grass-Fed Butter
It’s important to note that not all butter is created equally.
Grass-fed butter is highly nutritious and comes from cows who ate grass and not grain or other chemicals most cows intake.
This is important because you eat what the animal also ate. Kind of crazy, right?
Grass-fed butter is high in CLA which is short for conjugated linoleic acid which helps to burn body fat while preserving muscle mass.
It contains over 400 different fatty acids and is also extremely high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which is amazing for your heart health.
Some experts and doctors are now labeling grass-fed butter as one of the healthiest fats on the planet due to its nutrient profile and positive effects on the body.
Now The Obvious Question Is: How Often Do You Have These?
It’s always a great thing to rotate your foods and not eat the same things every single day to gain the most nutrients.
I suggest eating two of the fats daily, then rotating another two in and so fourth. The amount of fat you need (grams) depends entirely on your body, activity level and type and is a specific calculation.
If you are looking to find the ideal ratio for your body, you can join our 30 Day Metabolic Reset Program which tells you exactly how many carbs, fats, and protein you should be eating, which type and how often.
It pretty much just helps you take the guesswork out and oh yeah, comes with a FULL workout program also.
Prioritize your health and make sure to start incorporating these healthy fats into your diet and start to see the radical changes not only in your physical body, but in how you feel energetically and mentally.