In my opinion our body needs fats, and sufficient amounts within our diets.
The Fats ‘good fats’ come from avacadoes, coconut oil (in moderation as it has a high percentage of saturated fat), olive oil, dark chocolate, salmon, sardines, tuna, walnuts, almond nuts, almond butter and whole fat yoghurt.
All these types of good fats are high in Omega 3, which is the type of fats you want to be looking for.. These fats help our bodies turn off genes that store fat and promote us to burn fat effectively.
Now these types of foods should be consumed within your diet. Why?
Because they help improve gut health, function, digestion and improve our bodies ability to become less inflamed and reduce our body fat, sometimes better when carbohydrates are reduced.
How much fat should I consume?
Fats contain 9 calories per gram! Now as a recommended guideline and here at FX we get the majority of our clients to have a macronutrient Split of 40% Protein, 30% Carbohydrates and 30% Coming from fats. As a starting place! Using my fitness pal will help keep track of these percentages.
This is a good starting block to work from, then as your body shape and body fat starts changing you can start to adjust carbs and fats to suit what your body reacts well from, in relation to your goals.
Depending on your goals and a tip too always use is when carbohydrates are reduced within your diet, you should always increase your fat intake and vise versa.
This option is a great way to start your journey from as it will reduce insulin sensitivity and Inflammation. As your body becomes leaner and leaner you can slowly start adding carbohydrates back into your diet and increasing fats gradually.
Give this a go for 2 weeks and assess how you feel..
What are my energy levels like? Am I losing fat? Am I sleeping better? Am I less bloated? Is my water retention coming down?
Use these questions to assess your own progress, an watch your body change.