Most girls today grow up dreaming to one day awake and find themselves as thin as all the hottest stars. Most girls also grow up surrounded by the same media and food industry which tells us to stay as far away as possible from anything remotely containing an ounce of fat and to carelessly gobble up anything fat-free and near to calorie-free. However, most girls today do not realize that this is not only counterproductive to weight loss, but its also just plain terrible for your health. But hey, don’t beat yourself up over it, you’re just doing what you were told!
In fact, I must sheepishly admit that I fell prey to this as I stumbled my way through those awkward and unsightly years of middle school and high school. I wouldn’t care what I was eating, so long as I could guarantee that no amount of fat existed in it. I pretty much subsisted (or barely…) on fat-free cereal, skim milk, fruit, veggies, saltines, and whatever other cardboard food I could find that was manufactured to somehow stimulate my taste buds and trick them into thinking it was real food. What a life. Man, did I feel great! Not. So. Much.
Looking back, I realize I was not only plagued by the puberty stains of acne, but also by a rather unsettled digestive system, as my stomach seemed to constantly be in knots. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I lacked the weirdly superhuman energy levels I now seem to have, seeing as how back then my father would nearly give himself a stroke each morning by the fourth time he attempted to wake me each cloud, gloomy morning before school.
The truth is that more and more research is being relinquished to the general public which suggests that we were lied to. Being thin and being healthy requires the (gasp!) consumption of fat. Yes ladies, I am indeed telling you, from the standpoint of a personal trainer and avid nutrition nut, that you should consume fat, to avoid being fat. I know, you think I must be crazy. But I promise you, I eat my fair share of fat now, and I am not fat! And to further forgo my usual modesty, I will let you know that I am now in the best shape of my life. With a fatty diet. And while I have done both diets, fat free and fat full, it is now clearer than my newly clear skin that fat-licious is the way to go. Oh, and I am not just saying this because it tastes amazingly better and enables you to let go of those feelings of guilt eating you up at night after having a sneaky spoonful of ice cream or a couple too many tastes of cheese at that wine tasting. You’re allowed to have these things, but remember, only if you practice portion control!
So, onto the benefits of fat, and the dangers of fat free. Here we go:
Fat is Good Because…
– I told you so (only kidding!)
– keeps you full for longer so you don’t end up eating lots of empty calories
– keeps your taste buds satisfied so you don’t crave nasty-for-you foods
– natural source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) to aid fat loss and increased metabolism, in grass fed red meat, lamb, and full fat dairy products
– natural sources of omega 3 and omega 6 for a healthy heart (the balance of the two is what keeps bad cholesterol low and good cholesterol high)
– natural sources of complete proteins for lean muscle mass and muscle recovery
– healthy, clear skin; strong, shiny hair and nails
– enables body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, which without fat cannot be utilized to aid proper body functioning
No Fat is Bad Because…
– you binge on empty calories because your brain and stomach never register true satiation or satisfaction and thus eat too many calories to ever lose weight
– your metabolism will store fat rather than send it to your muscles for energy usage
– your body can’t absorb the vitamins it needs to stay healthy
– you will eat too many refined carbohydrates which are too bioavailable, digesting too quickly, and being stored as fat rather than used in muscle tissue
– you won’t look too hot – dry/patchy skin, brittle hair and nails
So you’re still confused…A personal trainer and health freak is telling you it’s okay to eat butter, whole milk, red meat, whole eggs, lamb, cream, and cheese? No, you are not dreaming. Yes, this is reality, and it is the truth. But please take it with a cliche grain of salt: this won’t do you any good unless its high quality, real foods – look for grass-fed meat, butter and cream from grass-fed cows, raw un-pasteurized milk and cheese – otherwise, the nutrients won’t be there! Oh, and don’t go slathering everything in butter and sprinkling on the cheese – moderation is your six pack’s best friend!
Don’t fear fat. Eat fat. And get thin.