Why You Should Ignore The Low Fat Option
Many companies and restaurants advertise their products as 'low fat' but they don’t emphasise that the calories flushed away from fat are flushed back into the product as carbohydrates. Another point to remember is that foods that are low in fat aren't necessarily healthy and 'healthy' foods aren't always low in fat – a great example being coconuts and avocado. High fatty foods with great health benefits.
It’s important to focus on a diet that’s sustainable and if you were to look at the plate of food you have in front of you, ask yourself, “Can I do this long term?” There’s many approaches to gaining a healthy physique and you need to figure out what works best for you. There’s MULTIPLE approaches you can use with regard to training and nutrition and every single method has its pro’s and con’s – and even though they may not be easy, SOME are sustainable.
Everybody is going to have a different dietary fat intake as this varies from person to person – but I wouldn’t go lower than 0.3 grams of fat per pound of body weight. The highest level of fat I’d aim for when cutting would be around 0.4 grams per pound of body weight – but it really comes down to personal preference and what YOU enjoy.
The media slate fat as a devil macronutrient, but we need fats in our system – and here’s why:
- Growth & development
- Energy (fat is the most concentrated source of energy)
- Absorbing certain vitamins
- Providing cushioning for the organs
- Maintaining cell membranes
- Providing taste, consistency and stability to foods
So next time you’re out eating a low-fat pizza from the Hut, bear in mind getting lean or staying in shape isn’t always about consuming low-fat foods. Enjoy yourself, build a healthy relationship with food and avoid binging. Eat what you want, as long as it hits your macronutrient and micronutrient goals!
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