While trying to lose weight, we all spend hours carefully reading the labels on every food product – trying to find the food with the least amount of fat. However, if you read the label wrong, you may get the wrong type of fat in your product, therefore sabotaging your own weight loss process.
There is more than ONE type of Fat?
Yes – there are actually at least four different types of fat. Two are good for you and two are bad for you. Just like the Disney Movies we grew up watching, with the good witch and the bad witch, there are also good fats and bad fats.Â Understanding the differences between these fats will help you reach your fitness goals.
If your diet is full of the ‘bad’ fat you not only sabotage your fitness goals, but you are also putting your health at risk. Studies have proven that a diet high in ‘unhealthy fat’ can cause high cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart diease.
This is one type of fat you want to stay FAR away from. Saturated fat raises your blood cholesterol as well as your ‘bad’ cholesterol or your LDL cholesterol levels.Â This type of fat is found in most animal products such as whole-milk dairy products (cheese, sour cream, butter), red meat and eggs. Plants have also been found to be a source of this nasty fat such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil.
You know trans fats are bad because they aren’t even produced by products found in nature – they were created by scientists.Â Scientists ‘hydrogenated’ liquid oils to make them have a longer shelf life and withstand the food production process better.Â These trans fatty acids are found most commonly in commercially packaged foods and many fried foods – such as french fries by your local fast food chain.
How to get rid of “Bad Fat” in Your Diet?
The easiest way to get rid of the bad fat in your diet is to watch what you buy. Look for the ‘low-fat’ products when buying cheese or sour cream. Instead of creating a cream sauce for your chicken – try using spices and herbs instead. Stay away from fast food chains and their fried entrees.
Most importantly, watch what’s on the label. If you aren’t sure if a product has a ‘bad’ fat in it – look on the label.
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