Fat is probably the most used word when it comes to diets, weight loss, toning up:
- Fat levels
- Fat stores
- Fatty cells
- Fatty deposits
All of these different words and phrases mean the same thing!
Whilst most people seem to think of it as this gloopy substance, with the consistency of thick soup… is there anything it actually does for us?
The difference with some fats compared to others, is that they’re good for you. The word you need to learn for the next segment is saturated.
But for now keep in mind that fats will be used by your body to do things like protect your organs, insulate you against cold weather, and a number of other useful functions.
Un-saturated fats are called as such because they have double bonds (which I’ll explain in a second), and increase your HDL levels in your body, whereas SATURATED fats increase your LDL levels in the body.
Saturated fats have developed this name due to the hydrogen atoms that “saturate” the connections of their bonds (what keeps them together) … this is one of the bits of information you’ll never think you need, and then it will come up in a pub quiz!
Foods, and fats included are made up of tiny different atoms, and HOW these are linked, connected and formed plays a major role on how “healthy” a food is for you.
- HDL – High density lipo-proteins
- LDL – Low density lipo-proteins
HDL & LDL affect your cholesterol levels and specifically tie into the amount of abdominal fat you have, whether it’s from eating chips or avocado… you need fats in your system, but hopefully now you’re getting an idea of why it’s better!
Low density lipo-proteins, which are found in un-saturated fats are said to help lower your cholesterol levels, and cholesterol leads onto all number of nasty little conditions and diseases if it’s left unchecked for long enough… so pay attention to what kinds of fat you’re consuming!
The un-saturated fats have less energy in them, and help to lower cholesterol. If you remember this part only from today, then this is something worth knowing.
Saturated fats are generally solid at room temperature whereas un-saturated fats are in liquid form at room temp.
Energy & Fat
Fats are also your body’s second energy source after carbs, so after you’ve burned your carbs off… then it’s up to the fat levels to pick up the work.
As you can see here, it’s converted into something called ATP, which is how your body makes and uses energy.
So whatever food sources your body gets in, you then go through the phase of ATP making.
Final Word on Fats
You need fats, both saturated and un-saturated, by sticking to some of the examples below, you’ll be able to get more un-saturated in your diet, and less saturated… but you do NEED both!
- Animal Fat
- Poultry Skin
- Ice Cream
- Peanut Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Canola Oil
Virtually everything has some form of fat in it, from the way things are cooked nowadays, please keep in mind that you NEED these, and that having extremely low bodyfat is just as dangerous as having extremely high bodyfat.
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