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Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats



Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats

Fat isn’t JUST bad for you. In a complete contradiction of nearly everything people say these days, it can also be very good for you. This is because there are such things as both healthy fats and unhealthy fats.

Digesting this information is an essential part of a successful diet. Knowing the importance of healthy fats is crucial, an cutting out bad fat is important if you want to lose weight. But, where do you even begin?

Fattening foods are everywhere—literally everywhere. It’s hard to resist the temptation of McDonald’s fries, a muffin from Dunkin Donuts or a chocolate latte from Starbucks.

Here are some tips to help you remove unhealthy fats from your daily life:

Don’t go Hungry - Make a List

Many people go to the grocery store on an empty stomach, leading to impulsive purchases of items that satisfy cravings. That’s why a preplanned list of meals for you and your family is important to bring along with you. Stick to your list. Don’t deviate and get back to your life.

Avoid being Stranded

One of the best tips to keep in mind when you’re trying to cut out unhealthy fat is to avoid the ‘hunger strand’.  Hunger can cause us to crave things we normally wouldn’t—you may have experienced this in the grocery store while shopping on am empty stomach. Knowing the importance of healthy fats is important because when we’re overly hungry, we tend to crave carbohydrates, often in the form of high fat, sugary foods to elevate blood sugar levels to a normal level, quickly. To avoid being stranded and hungry store healthy, it’s a good idea to keep satisfying snacks readily available in your car, backpack, or purse. Also, seek out high-protein and high-fiber snacks in between meals. These types of snacks will keep you fueled in between meals and keep you away from the nearest fast-food restaurant when you get hungry.

Know your Healthy Fats

Another reason you should know the importance of healthy fats is because it’s important to read your labels and know which fats to look for when you’re shopping at the grocery store. You should look for foods that contain polyunsaturated fats. Sunflower seeds and nuts are good options if you’re looking for tasty, healthy snacks. Seafood like salmon, tuna and tilapia are also a great place to find healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids may help lower your cholesterol. Be aware of the cooking method. Stay away from fried, pan fried, battered, buttered, and breaded. Instead choose grilled, broiled, roasted, baked, or poached to minimize unhealthy fat consumption.

What do healthy fats do?

Knowing the importance of healthy fats will benefit your body and your mental well-being. For instance:

Healthy fats help control hunger

Foods that contain fat tend to linger in our stomach for a while; they digest at a slower rate. Healthy fats like salmon, tuna, certain and nuts are the good guys. They help us feel fuller, longer. These foods are a double whammy. Not only do they help control your hunger; they’re also good for your cholesterol, your heart and your overall health.

Healthy fat moves the good stuff around

Healthy fat controls your hunger, helps your metabolism and helps everything stay on track. Believe it or not, fat molecules are actually responsible for transporting several different vitamins and minerals through your body. Vitamins A, D, E and K are known as fat-soluble vitamins and are necessary for many chemical processes in the body.

Healthy fat helps protect your organs

Healthy fat helps insulate and protect your vital organs. Fat sort of serves as a cushion. It helps protect your organs from being bounced around.

Healthy fat is the key to a healthy metabolism

In addition to an adequate intake of protein and carbohydrates, your body needs fat in order to maintain a steady metabolism. Healthy fats actually give your metabolism the boost it needs for efficient fat metabolism.

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