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For decades we’ve all worked under the assumption that to lose fat we have to cut fat out of our diets. Thus the low fat craze was born. As it turns out, that’s not how it works. The problem with eating a low fat diet is that you have to replace that food with something else, and we all turned to carbs. Those carbohydrates raised our blood sugar levels and thus insulin levels. As it turns out, our bodies are very good at turning carbohydrates into body fat and insulin plays a big role in that process.
Lower insulin levels
And it gets worse. While insulin is in your blood, your body can’t burn body fat for energy, making it impossible for you to lose weight. The first goal when you want to lose a few pounds then is to lower your insulin levels. The best way to do that is to replace some of the carbohydrates you’re eating with fat. In other words, you need to do the exact opposite of what we’ve been told by so called health experts for decades. Skip the low fat foods and grab some fat instead.
When you do that some interesting things happen in your body. Let’s say you start your day with some eggs and avocado and bacon. It’s a low carb, high fat meal that will keep you full for hours. You won’t even go looking for lunch until early afternoon. This will keep your blood sugar levels low and in turn your insulin levels low. Why is this important? Think of insulin as a gate keeper. When it’s high, your body takes any extra carbs and sugars it can find and turns them into fat for storage. When insulin is low on the other hand, your body turns to those fat stores and burns them for energy. The end result is that you start to lose weight.
Since eating fat keeps you satisfied longer and allows you to stretch the time in between meals, you’re keeping those insulin levels low for longer. It can also help if you want to get started or increase fasting times. Being satisfied will make it much easier to practice intermittent fasting. That’s how eating fat can help you lose more body fat on a regular basis. Stop being afraid of fatty foods. Make smart choices, don’t overdo it, and work on cutting more sugar and carbs out of your diet instead, when you’re ready to get in shape and drop that excess weight and body fat.
Eat healthy fats
Good fatty foods you want to incorporate into your diet are avocado, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, olives, seeds and nuts and even peanut butter. Also if you can tolerate dairy, fats like butter, cream cheese, and hard cheeses are a good choice. Animals fats like bacon and some fat on meats are also very helpful. You want to avoid the hydrogenated plant oils like corn oil, vegetable oil and soybean oil. Embrace the healthy fats and make them part of all your meals.