To kick off the New Year, I am doing a series called Fat Loss Basics! In the first episode, we talked about calories & hormones and the requirements for fat loss. In the second, we covered everything you need to know about carbs & fat loss. Then we tackled protein & highlighted the ways that protein intake increases satiety & supports fat burning but also established how too much protein inhibits fat loss. In this episode, we’re diving into dietary fat & how eating more fat might help accelerate fat burning!

To get caught up, check out part 1,  part 2 and part 3.

In today’s episode we’re taking a look at how & why dietary fat supports fat loss:

  • Does fat make you fat?
  • Why should you eat more fat?
  • What happens when you go on a low fat diet?
  • How does fat intake trigger your body to burn more fat?
  • What are some fats to focus on?
  • How much fat is too much fat?

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Fat Loss Basics Part 4 – Dietary Fat

Fat is a macronutrient, delivering 9 calories per gram

This means that fat has more than twice the energy potential than carbs or protein

Consider fat a “high octane” fuel

Consuming quality fats is like giving your body higher quality fuel to increase its mileage & performance

The building blocks of proteins are fatty acids

Fat is a precious resource required by the body

Your brain is approximately 60% fat

Fat is a component of every cell in your body

Fat is required to manufacture hormones and hormone balance is essential for fat loss

When you do not consume adequate fat, your body hangs on to the fat stores in your body in the same way that water is tightly controlled during a drought

Your body responds to the type of fuel you consume & your hormone production shifts accordingly

Giving your body adequate dietary fat increases it’s propensity to burn fat but this requires that you not overconsume, that you manage insulin & you don’t consume excessive amounts of protein

Hormone sensitive lipase is an enzyme which catalyzes fat burning

Insulin inhibits hormone sensitive lipase

Inadequate fat intake inhibits hormone sensitive lipase

Ideal dietary fat intake depends on:

  • Your activity level
  • Your total energy intake
  • Your hormone balance

Focus on getting dietary fat from whole food sources including:

  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Grass fed butter
  • Salmon & other fatty fish
  • Grass fed beef
  • Chicken thighs
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts

Resources

What’s the deal with cholesterol

Q&A 7: Cholesterol & Vascular Disease

8 Benefits of Coconut Oil

MCT Oil for Fat Loss

Q&A 5: Why I Drink Bulletproof Coffee

Omega 3s

Fat Loss Food Guide

Is Bacon Healthy?

Hormones & Fat Loss E-Book

Why Calorie Counting is Misleading

Ketosis

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