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Fat is good for you – Four reasons for eating fat for fat loss

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Healthy tropical fruits including avocado and coconut

Certain types of fats are good for you. These fats have ample benefits including aiding in fat loss, reduced cholesterol levels, the prevention of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Here are four reasons for eating fat for fat loss..



#1: Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been demonised in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolised differently and have shown to promote health and has therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.

Plenty of populations around the world have thrived for multiple generations eating massive amounts of coconut. The best examples are the Tokelauans eating 60% of their calories from Coconut and among the healthiest people on the planet.

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.

Make sure the coconut oil you buy is “virgin” and not partially hydrogenated—this is extremely important!  

#2: Eat a lot of Omega – 3 fats

You probably know that fat derived from fatty fish is extremely important for your health. In fact these fats called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

We need them for our bodies to function properly. Because EFAs:  DHA, EPA and ALA not made by our body and we need to get them from our diet. The EFAs support body composition because they are incorporated into the outside lipid layer of cells.

Several studies have shown that EFAs increases Insulin sensitivity; breakdown of body fat and the use of fat as a primary energy source. This allows for a better metabolism. Where as diet low in EFAs and other good fats, causes sluggish metabolism. You actually end up making less and breaking down more body fat when using these oils.

Omega 3’s are lowering cholesterol levels, preventing coronary heart disease and lower inflammation though the body. Improve brain function and memory. Get omega 3’s from fatty fish, fish oil and flaxseed.

#3: Use Butter

Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids, which are for supporting your immune system and boosting metabolism. 

High in vitamins such as A, D, E and K and a great source of minerals like selenium, which is incidentally, a powerful antioxidant.

If butter is sourced from grass fed cows can contain high levels of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). This is a compound that can help provide protection against different types of cancer and helps the body store muscle instead of fat. Although butter is high in saturated fats, it won’t raise “bad” LDLcholesterol.

Eat butter that is from grass fed cows (organic) and avoid margarine and other butter spreads.

#4: Eat nuts, avocados, olives and olive oil

Avocados, olive oil and nuts are all high in Omega 6 fatty acids and trace amount of Omega 3. Food Scientist calls them ‘Anti Obesity foods’.

There is some controversy about Omega 6 fatty acids. Especially because vegetable oils like Corn Oil, Soybean and Sunflower are dangerously high in isolated, processed Omega 6. Those are the fats to avoid completely, while avocados, olives and nuts has abundant health benefits and improve body composition. If you eat any of these fats with vegetables (full of good vitamins) the fat will support the vitamin absorption.

.. The above fats are the ‘Good fats’. In my next nutrition blog I will collaborate on the ‘Bad fats’ and why you should avoid them from your diet.

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