Macros continued... Let's be clear about one thing.. FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT. Let me repeat that.... FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT. Allow me to explain this second highly misunderstood but absolutely necessary macro(nutrient). Fat Yes there is a lot of hype about what kind, which is good for you which is bad and how much is too much. For over 15 years we have been culturally misled to believe that fat is FOUL and we should adhere to a diet of whole grains and low fat for heart health. I'm going to go ahead and call BULL. The science is in and fat is not a foe it is our friend. With one caveat, it must be the right type fat and what's even better is that is is now proven that the right fatty acids can actually prevent cancer and help decrease inflammation and heart disease. Here are the do's and don't of befriending the right fats and sending the wrong ones straight to the bench.
1. Get your fat from heart healthy omega-3 sources. 2.Use full whole fats like real butter and olive oil and AVOID margarine or trans fats 3. Get creative and change up your cooking oils. Try Duck fat, ghee or walnut oil 4. Eat a variety of fats for overall better health. Mix it up with monounsaturated fats (olive oil), polyunsaturated fats (fish oil) and long chain fatty saturated acids like coconut oil. 5. Coconut oil has been proven to improve metabolism and help you burn fat. What is sufficient? I recommend aiming for about 4-5 thumb size portions of good healthy fats per day. You might be thinking... "Jenn that sounds decadent and delicious?" Yep it sure is and so good for you! Check out these delicious examples of how you can enjoy plenty of high quality healthy fats into your day.