Let Them Eat Fat!
I admit it! There was a time when I thought counting calories, and eating low-fat would get me the body I wanted. Which is what the food industry wanted me to think. Low Fat or Fat Free food flies off the shelves in stores. People think that by removing fat from their diet is going to melt the fat from their bodies. But it won’t!
Fat plays a key role in our bodies, and a huge role in the results we will see in the gym.
In order to build muscle we need a few things, other than hard work in the gym. One of the biggest things we need is testosterone. Testosterone is a fat soluble hormone, so if we don’t have fat present in our system, we can't produce or store testosterone. Testosterone is produced out of cholesterol. So if we eliminate fat from our diets we will be eliminating our ability to produce one of the main things we need to build muscle. Low testosterone can lead to decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, osteoporosis, depression and a number of other things.
We need fat in order to utilize protein. We talked about protein and how important it is for muscle development. This is one of the reasons we often see proteins and fats together. Eggs and dairy products have the fat needed to utilize the protein in the food source.
One of the other big issues with a low fat diet is that we reduce all fat, including good fats. Good fats are needed! In fact good fats can help reduce the harmful effects of bad cholesterol.
So we know that we can’t go no fat or low fat. So how do we choose better fats?
Good fats are out there. Fats that come from fish or plant sources are the best fats for us to consume. Almond, Peanut, Olive, Avocado, Salmon, and other nuts and seeds are great sources of good fats. Limited amounts of saturated fats from natural sources are beneficial. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which isn’t the healthiest fat, but can help reduce the risk of heart disease when used in a healthy way.
We can’t live without fat! We need it not just to build muscles, but also to keep our hormones in check and help reduce the risk of heart issues. Don’t cut fat out of your diet, reduce it, and keep it to healthy fats, but don’t cut it out.