Alissa Barchet: PFP Nutrition Coach
Let’s talk about the dreaded nutrient known as fat. Some of you may cringe just hearing the word, as there is much debate surrounding this macronutrient. Do low fat diets really work? Are low fat diets even good for us? If fat is one of the three main macronutrients, why are we continually told it’s “bad”?
Don’t worry! I have good news. Fat is essential for our bodies and actually has many positive health effects, meaning it's time to shed our low fat diets and embrace the idea of more good fats into our lives.
Perhaps one of the reasons you are so terrified of fat is because it is high in calories. This is true, it’s 9 calories per gram compared to carbohydrates and protein which are each 4 calories per gram. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fat may be higher in calories, but it makes you feel fuller longer, which should prevent you from eating more food.
Let me highlight some important facts:
Great sources of unsaturated fats:
So how much fat should you eat daily?
How Can I Help?
I know that even with the facts, fat can still be scary. Many diet trends are promoting this concept of low fat and want us to remove fats almost entirely from our diets. This only enhances this fear of fats! If you’d like to talk about adding more unsaturated fats to your diet contact me today to set up an appointment! I’d love to help you find balance in your nutrition and shed your fat fears!
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