Beware of Fats: They Can Cause Weight Gain & Other Health Risks

February 14, 2011 by Matt

Fats are organic compounds that that I think a lot of people are entirely confused about. They are not really sure if they are good for you, bad for you, or what exactly they are. Well scientifically speaking they are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. But more importantly you need to know that they are a source of energy in foods.

Since I’m no scientist I’ll go ahead and quote the NY Times here where they explain a little more in depth that, “Fats belong to a group of substances called lipids, and come in liquid or solid form. All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.

They go on to talk a little bit about the function of fats too so I want you to understand exactly what they are.

“Fat is one of the 3 nutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates) that supply calories to the body. Fat provides 9 calories per gram, more than twice the number provided by carbohydrates or protein.

Fat is essential for the proper functioning of the body. Fats provide essential fatty acids, which are not made by the body and must be obtained from food. The essential fatty acids are linoleic and linolenic acid. They are important for controlling inflammation, blood clotting, and brain development.

Fat serves as the storage substance for the body’s extra calories. It fills the fat cells (adipose tissue) that help insulate the body. Fats are also an important energy source. When the body has used up the calories from carbohydrates, which occurs after the first 20 minutes of exercise, it begins to depend on the calories from fat.

Healthy skin and hair are maintained by fat. Fat helps the body absorb and move the vitamins A, D, E, and K through the bloodstream.” -NY Times

Now that we understand that a little bit we need to understand which ones are good for you exactly. Obviously we all want to live healthy lives, especially if you are reading this blog or have come to my website, so you need to know that there are saturated and unsaturated fats.

Additionally, you always need to remember to limit the amount of fats you put in your body. For instance, saturated fats are the biggest dietary cause of high LDL levels, or bad cholesterol. Saturated fats are actually found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, cream, and fatty meats which all comes from cows, steers, or goats.

A good alternative to saturated fats are actually called unsaturated fats and these are actually healthy for you in place of the aforementioned fats. Just about all vegetable oils are actually unsaturated fats. (The exceptions include coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils.)

HEALTH TIP: Coconut oil however is the best type of oil you can find and I did a previous blog post back in the day for that if you are interested why this stuff is so much better and you should probably switch to it.

Now to take it a step further there are two types of unsaturated fats too. The first is monosaturated fats which include olive oils and canola oils. The second is polyunsaturated fats which include fish, sunflower, corn, safflower, and soybean oils.

The reason I wanted to write a blog post is because in people’s diets today I think they are completely unaware of how they are treating their bodies. So they go out to eat a lot and those are not the healthiest meals you can consume. It’s calorie loading for one, it’s processed food or meats for two, and in general even though it tastes good, it’s leaving your body with a lack of organic fruits and vegetables.

Major risk factors of fats are heart disease by building up bad cholesterol, which can also increase the chance of cancer.

Not only that but they can cause a massive increase in weight gain. What I would recommend is to just watch what you eat more and obviously limit the oils or butter definitely. By changing up your diet you can avoid all these problems.

A quick fix is to start by eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables because those are power packed with vitamins and nutrients. Another great way to boost your overall health is with whey protein powder because those are also packed with vitamins, minerals, they contain all 6 branch chain amino acids, loaded with the number one protein on the planet, as well as it contains Glutathione which is the number one antioxidant on the planet.

In addition whey actually helps you lose weight because the high protein content curbs your appetite so you avoid over eating or junk food cravings and helps tone your body. I can’t stress that in today’s time it’s important to know what you are consuming. So read up and start feeling healthy again. That will lead to more energy, more confidence, and overall well being.

Take care and leave some questions, comments or thoughts.
-Matt Smith