It is a common knowledge that you are what you eat. In a sense where your weight is greatly associated with the amount of food you eat. The most common misconception about losing weight is that you get fat when you eat fat. A lot of us give up our favorite foods thinking about how it will affect our weight. You go to pizza hut and go for a garden salad with fat free dressing but at the back of your mind, you wanted to get a taste of cheese and meat filled pizza and pasta.
Well forget everything you have been told about gaining weight and high fat foods.
In this generation, the society sets up standards that label a person as physically fit or unfit. A person tends to lose common sense with the increasing pressure for a person’s need to fit in. More so, in this generation, where everyone is busy, people and families opt to buy processed and convenience food. Processed foods and crash diets neglect critical nutrition to the curb. As a common misconception, fats are totally eradicated from our diet to ensure successful weight loss.
When we try to plan our diet to lose weight, we must first think of our bodies’ dietary needs. This includes the nutrients necessary to maintain body functionality. It is not new to us that fat has been demonized for ages; thus, the creation of fat free cookies, milk, dressing and all other products. But the truth is one of the most important macronutrients in the body is fat.
Humans maintain body functions on macronutrients. These macronutrients composed of carbohydrates, fats and protein. When we say macro it means big. Therefore, fats as a macronutrient must be taken in large quantity to sustain body function.
Why do we need fat?
1. To absorb vitamin A, D, E and K.
a. Vitamin A, commonly known as retinol, has many important functions in the body. More than helping the eyes adjust to light changes; vitamin A plays an important role in bone growth, tooth development,
b. Vitamin D plays a critical role in the body’s use of calcium and phosphorous. It works by increasing the amount of calcium absorbed from the small intestine, helping to form and maintain bones.
c. Vitamin E benefits the body by acting as an antioxidant, and to avoid destruction of vitamins A and C, red blood cells, and essential fatty acids. Research from decades ago suggested that taking antioxidant supplements, especially vitamin E, might help avoid cancer and heart disease.
d. Without sufficient amounts of vitamin K, hemorrhaging may occur. Vitamin K deficiency may be present in infants or in people who take anticoagulants, such as Coumadin (warfarin), or antibiotic drugs.
2. To boost the liver’s functions to release fat.
Yes, we need fat to lose fat. Without fat consumption, the body cannot cope up with the energy demand to release fat from the body.
3. To help food taste better.
Be honest. Without fat, food is boring. It does not taste good.
Removing fat entirely from the diet will cause several body functions to cease. As they continually cease from functioning in the body, chronic illness may occur and may be completely irreversible. It is good to want to lose weight but be sure to be smart about it. Never compromise your body functions to gain the weight you always wanted.