Fat gets a bad reputation most of the time, but certain misconceptions about the fat we eat and the fat we store in our bodies may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts.
Myth : All dietary fat is created equally
This is the biggest mistake people get hung up on, when in fact it’s crucial to understand how good fat can be.
All fats provide nine calories per gram, but different types of fats have different chemical structures and different nutritional implications.
There are three different types of fat. Trans fats hidden in processed foods, baked goods, and margarine, have zero health benefits. Saturated fats (think red meat, full-fat dairy and butter) raise cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of heart disease, while healthy unsaturated fats found in olive, peanut and canola oils, avocado, nuts, and seeds help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Taking a good look at the fats in our diet could mean help losing weight loss and health benefits as healthy fat allows us to feel full longer, controlling our appetite.
What’s more, replacing saturated fat with healthier fat in the diet lowers cardiovascular disease risk as much as taking powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs. These fat-burning foods will help you lose weight.
Myth: All body fat is created equally
Some types of body fat are more dangerous than others. Stress produces cortisol (your body’s stress hormone), which is known to increase visceral fat.
Visceral fat wraps around your organs and is harmful and linked to metabolic disease and insulin resistance.
Subcutaneous fat lies directly under your skin and is not harmful.
There’s also brown fat which burns calories at a rapid rate, speeding weight loss.
Myth: You can’t lose belly fat specifically
Abdominal fat is associated with inflammation so consuming inflammatory foods such as fried foods, sugar, and refined grains can inhibit your ability to lose it.
Understanding how to lose body fat in certain places starts with finding out what is causing it and then tailoring it from there - either by dealing with stressful situations, eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods and exercising.
Myth: Fat has no redeeming properties
Healthy fats - which can actually help you lose weight - help us absorb key fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, D, and K as well as two potent antioxidants’ lycopene and beta-carotene.
Healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, nuts and seeds are good for the brain and heart. Its recommended we consume
fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. Eating lean protein such as fish instead of red meat or other high-fat sources can aid weight loss and maintenance.
Myth: Fat loss is always reflected on the scale
We get frustrated when we don’t see changes on the scale and that may make us want to give up, but when you lose inches around the waist, you are losing more visceral fat which surrounds organs and is more detrimental,Yes, you want to see the numbers go down, but losing these inches is better for your overall health, well-being, and physique.
So remember , Fat is not evil and the number on the scale does not determine fat loss .