A Healthy Chat About Fat

Many Americans cringe at the very thought of a discussion about fat. The problem is much information about fat is flawed or misunderstood. It’s time we had an open and honest discussion about fat. The topic today will cover 2 kinds of fat. The first is fat in our foods and the second is excess body fat or adipose tissue.

Fat has gotten a bad rap over the last 50 years. Many Americans believe that fat in their diet is the main culprit behind our obesity epidemic. It’s true that fat has played a role in our weight problem but it is certainly not the leading cause. Keep in mind weight gain or loss depends mostly on calories in/ calories out.

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So, what is fat? Dietary fat is necessary for life. We need fat to metabolize vitamins A D E and K. Fat is also necessary for energy and cell growth. Healthy fats in your diet also help you lose weight, feel better, gain muscle and strengthen bones. Body fat also protects your organs and helps regulate body temperature. There is a catch. Fat is calorie dense. There are 4 calories in each gram of protein or carbs. While fat delivers 9 calories in each gram, while alcohol has 7 (FYI). You can read any food label and figure out where the calories come from with some simple math. Fat is good for you, just don’t over-do-it!


Fats are critical to our lives. Don’t be afraid of putting them into your diet. 

 

Smart Goals – The Key to Success!

I interview people every week at the gym and out in the community. When I ask them about their goals as it pertains to weight loss and fitness they invariably say “to lose a few pounds and get toned or fit”.  That brings me to my topic today-SMART Goals.

I learned about SMART goals two different ways. They are very similar but with some subtle differences. If you are really wedded to the idea of making a serious lifestyle change, you have to spend some time focused on goal setting. True fundamental lifestyle change is difficult. Life gets in the way and derails great initial efforts and intentions.

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When beginning your efforts to lose weight and tone up, most people have thoughtfully considered the pros and cons for a while. We call that decisional balance. Just make a list of all the benefits of weighing less and a list of all of the perceived costs or difficulties you’ll encounter along the way. Everyone knows the benefits of weighing less. First, feeling better, intrinsically we all know that. Most of us can relate to a time in our past when we weighed less and felt more alive and vibrant. For some it was High School, others before the kids came along. One of the other benefits of being slimmer is decreased risk of disease. Whether chronic or sudden, getting closer to your ideal weight has a profound impact on your health. 


Goal setting is the first step.

 

A Healthy Chat About Fat

Many Americans cringe at the very thought of a discussion about fat. The problem is much information about fat is flawed or misunderstood. It’s time we had an open and honest discussion about fat. The topic today will cover 2 kinds of fat. The first is fat in our foods and the second is excess body fat or adipose tissue.

Fat has gotten a bad rap over the last 50 years. Many Americans believe that fat in their diet is the main culprit behind our obesity epidemic. It’s true that fat has played a role in our weight problem but it is certainly not the leading cause. Keep in mind weight gain or loss depends mostly on calories in/ calories out.

Continue Reading

So, what is fat? Dietary fat is necessary for life. We need fat to metabolize vitamins A D E and K. Fat is also necessary for energy and cell growth. Healthy fats in your diet also help you lose weight, feel better, gain muscle and strengthen bones. Body fat also protects your organs and helps regulate body temperature. There is a catch. Fat is calorie dense. There are 4 calories in each gram of protein or carbs. While fat delivers 9 calories in each gram, while alcohol has 7 (FYI). You can read any food label and figure out where the calories come from with some simple math. Fat is good for you, just don’t over-do-it!


Fats are critical to our lives. Don’t be afraid of putting them into your diet.