Have been on and off with diet and exercise in the past two years but I had this question about dieting to loose fat. Is it true that you have to take in some fat to loose fat as opposed to little to none fat intake?
Fats play essential roles in numerous bodily functions (one of the most important being hormone regulation). Don't eliminate macro nutrients for a "diet". Eat a well balanced diet and keep those healthy fats coming in.
What are examples of "healthy fats" and how much are necessary in a diet to loose weight. Ive been on Atkins for 2 years without exercise and lost 20 pounds but i still have a gut , I'm starting to run now and want to switch up my eating habits to a more balanced diet.
ah this thread has just reminded me to take my spoonful of coconut oil. off i go
We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.
Bad: Saturated fat.
Good: Polyunsaturated fat
The best: Monounsaturated fat.
It's easy to cut trans fat out completely, almost impossible to completly cut out saturated, but you can keep it low.
Poly and Mono should be your biggest intake of fats. A lot of people supplement with EFA's (essential fatty acids) to get the full amount of the good stuff at each serving.
Cortisol does play a role in belly fat as well. May want to supp with an anti-cortisol.
Ignore any low-fat diet you hear about. If you want to change your diet to help reduce fat then remove a large amount of your carb intake. Carbs and calories are used for energy by your body but when you do not use up all the carbs/calories that you intake in a day then your body will store it as fat. Fats are very important when it comes to fat loss among other things. I would highly suggest supplementing with some form of Omega-3 fatty acids and keep it as a staple. Real mayo is a great source of monounsaturated fat/omega-3s and fish is obviously a great choice when it comes to dieting as it is high in protein and omega3 but is non existent in the carb area.
in reality sat fat is only bad if you are already overweight and/or have high cholesterol.
recently studies have found that dietary intake of cholesterol has no impact on the level of cholesterol in your blood.
cholesterol is also important for testosterone production as well as maintaining the integrity of muscle cell membranes.
so higher dietary cholesterol has been associated with greater gains in lean body mass.
and low testosterone can lead to less lean body mass and higher fat mass --> high cholesterol.
Yup, my bad. Talked to a buddy of mine today who has endless access to blood work. He was eating whole, hard boiled eggs (and other stuff) for bulking. At first, his cholesterol went up, but then came back down to normal and he is super fit. This is great, always learning.
Although coconut oil's fatty acids have some of what seems to be significant applications, it is still over 90% saturated fat. Saturated fats, no matter what other good things they do, will still raise your LDL levels, and therefor cholesterol. But, after all this fat and carb talk, whether you increase your body fat or decrease your body fat comes down to calories. If you burn an extra 3500 calories, you will lose a pound of fat. If you absorb an extra 3500 cals, you will gain a pound of fat. The different substances (carbs to fats ratio, good fats to bad fats, cortisol, leptin, pyy, I can go forever) that are discussed only can give you so much of an edge. Focus on calories. Eliminate 500 a day to lose 1 pound a week.
all intents and purposes not all intensive purposes