With the customers that have converted onto Platinum learning more about fats, and how they relate to your health… i thought i’d do a general post for everyone to give you some more info about what they are, what they do and why you do need some of them.
Let’s start with types of fats that are in your body, and then explain a bit about what they do:
Visceral Fat – This is the term for fat that’s held around your vital organs in your stomach. It’s used for protection, and is needed there to a certain extent. When the levels get too high on visceral fat, this is when problems start to arise with things like:
Chronic Heart Disease
If you have this measured by either myself or another professional, you can use the scale below to judge how healthy your reading is:
Body Fat & Belly Fat – This relates to the total ratio of fat to muscle you have around your body. The higher fat ratio, then the lower the muscle ratio will be. For example if you have 65% muscle to fat ratio… you’ll then have 35% body fat levels. The more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is. As muscle contains more active tissue than fat, it consumes calories faster, which means less of those calories get saved for later as fat!
Here’s another little chart to explain what level of BF% you should be aiming for:
These are just the basics, but should gives you better things to track than just weight or BMI… which both don’t take into account your fat/muscle ratio, where your fat is stored and what body type you are genetically.
Ready for some more science? I’ll suggest grabbing a coffee quickly if you want to take a break… if you can really understand why knowing about your fat levels are so important. You’ll be a long way towards a healthier mindset about your health.
Type of Fats in Foods – I’m going to dive straight in.
Trans Fats – These are made from vegetable oils and according to the NHS website, we only consume about half the recommended daily dosage of trans fats as a nation, so it’s still worth watching… as these are an unsaturated fat, they can still lead to things like high cholesterol.
Saturated Fats – These are the ones who get a bad name for themselves. Which we do eat a lot of to be fair, as a nation our food is quite high on saturated fats. These again can lead to higher cholesterol levels, and since fat molecules in food are reasonably hard to break down… they can get stored as energy for later pretty quickly by your body in the form of fat. Just as a final mention with this topic, cholesterol isn’t bad. You DO need it, but saturated fats increase the level of something called LDL( low density lipoproteins) which is the bad type of cholesterol.
Unsaturated Fats – Increases your levels of HDL (high density lipoproteins), so you need more of these right? Yes, to a certain extent… for your immune system to be functioning at a decent level, and the body to be healthy in general… you DO need a certain amount of body fat, otherwise you get into a category known as underfat, where there is so little fat in the body that your ability to fight off infections and bad particles in your body is comprimised.
If you’re thinking “i’ll never get to that stage” with the TOO low body fat, remember… this post is to make you more aware of what fats do and don’t & how they’re affected in your body.
I’m not going to go into what types of foods contain what fats now, as i think that’s enough for one day… you can do your own research with the starting points i’ve given you here. Or maybe, i’ll cover it in a future post!
Anyway, we cover stuff like this, and educate you properly about the foods you’re consuming on a daily basis in “Platinum”. It truly is the best, most complete package i’ve put together and every month it’s getting better and better.
Those first four weeks on it will change your life, with the amount of support and guidance you receive on it.
So here’s where to go if you want more information on it: https://gfitpt.lpages.co/platinum/