There are a lot of information, theories, exercises and guides on how to lose belly fat.
The fact that you’re reading this tells me that you want to know more about the “right fats” that can help you get rid of the fat. (I know how it sounds)
Also, is it true that “healthy fat” can help with weight loss and disease prevention?
The short answer: Yes!
Because not all fats are created equal.
Here’s what we’ve been brainwashed into believing:
The fat makes us fat. Avoid fat. Eat only fat-free products. Burn fat.
You read this on products; you hear this on TV.
Or maybe you’ve heard this:
Fat contributes to heart disease, leads to diabesity; saturated fat is bad; vegetable oils are good.
The problem here is we, as people get scared and start avoiding fat. When we do this, we go against our nature and body.
Here’s what Mark Hyman MD has to say about this:
“Fat is one of the body’s most basic building blocks. The average person is made up of between 15 and 30 percent fat! For decades, we’ve unfairly demonized dietary fat, diligently followed a low-fat diet that almost always equates into a high-sugar and high refined carb diet that contributes to insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and numerous other problems.”
Sugar, not fat, is making us fat, steals our health and sabotages our belly area.
Here are the top 5 reasons why eating fat can help you lose belly fat and get leaner body
1. Blame it on the sugar, first
The average American eats nearly a pound of sugar and flour combined every day! This is bad because more sugar means your body pumps out more and more insulin to decrease your sugar levels. Since you can’t burn all the sugar you eat, the body stores it as fat. The consequences? Your body is building up insulin resistance.
2. All sugar is bad. Dietary fat is complex
Meaning, no matter what kind of sugar you eat, it is still sugar and makes the same damage to your body and health. What do we mean by fat is more complex? Well, there are saturated fats, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fats and even trans fats. The difference is that some of these fats are good; others neutral, and a few are bad.
3. Low-fat diets are high-sugar diets
Being on a diet that contains less fat, you ultimately end up eating more starch or sugar, and this increases your levels dense cholesterol. This can cause heart attacks.
4. Saturated fat is NOT your no. 1 enemy
If you look at a review of all the research on saturated fat published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, you’ll see that there is no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease. If we look at all fats, I would say that we should not place them in the same basket. As an example: the fat in a fast-food bacon feedlot cheeseburger will have an entirely different effect than saturated fat in coconut oil. We need to stop classifying it all as the same.
5. Eating fat helps with blood regulation
I know, I know. But listen up. High-quality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which leads to better blood sugar regulation. Lacking a proper blood sugar control, the body saves the fat for later. Additionally, the right fats increase the fat burning activities, decrease your hunger and reduce fat storage. Eating more sugar and the wrong types of fat make you fat. But, eating the right fats makes you lose weight.
Want to learn more about fats?
See the infographic below: