The most frequently said words I hear are ‘I am always hungry! No matter how much I eat, I just don’t fill up and I can’t seem to lose weight!’images The reason behind this is simple….eat more fat! The push for consuming low-fat products is everywhere we look and we eat them because we have been told that they are healthy for us and will help us to lose weight. Unfortunately this information is incorrect and is one of the reasons that a lot of us are so unhappy with our body and the foods we eat. Fat brings flavour to food, when it has been stripped such as in low-fat products like ‘lite’ muesli bars and yoghurt, it is replaced by sugar. Excess sugar disrupts your hormones and your body cannot give the signal to your brain that you’re full. As a result, you eat more and this leads to extra calories and extra weight.

If you eat fat, you will NOT get fat. In fact, it will help you to lose and maintain weight. Fats are vital in the proper functioning of your body. About half the energy used by your entire body at rest and during light activity, come from fats. Fats are also essential in maintaining healthy skin, and preventing premature ageing as well as the production of prostaglandins which regulate your bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception, digestion and play a role in immunity. The fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K cannot be absorbed without fat present in the food you eat, and many other vitamins are better absorbed when taken in with fat.

As you can see, fat is a vital nutrient in building a healthy body, it also keeps you fuller for longer. The reason behind this is when you eat fat it releases the hormone leptin and leptin is responsible for regulating appetite and metabolism. When you eat fat, you feel satiated and will not feel the need to eat more.

I bet this is the best news you have heard in a while? ‘I just need to eat fat to lose weight and build a healthy body!’ Like all forms of energy from food (calories) you need to be mindful of how much fat you consume. My best advice in eating an adequate amount is to listen to your body. Eat because your body requires energy and not because your mind is telling you to. This can sometimes be difficult and just how much fats, carbohydrates and protein we need can be difficult to know. In my ‘6 Week Lifestyle Change’ I provide you with a meal planner so that you can learn how much energy your body requires to be healthy. Take a look at the link below for more information on what the program offers and in the mean time, enjoy those delicious fats!


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