A lot of times when I talk to friends or family members who are trying to lose weight, they tell me how they are cutting out oil and fat. They are often convinced that this is the key to getting skinnier, and that fat is generally unhealthy. Now let's look at some facts about fat and see if this is actually true:
- Fat is one of the 3 macronutrients, along with carbs and protein. They are called macronutrients because our body needs them in large quantities to stay alive and healthy.
- Fats are needed in order to absorb a lot of micronutrients such as fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K); that means that if you eat salad all day long without adding any fat the nutrients in the salad won't be optimally absorbed.
- Fats protect us against certain diseases such as osteoporosis. Studies have shown that very skinny women are at way higher risk to get osteoporosis than women with a bit of a fat reserve.
- If we women don't have enough body fat, we risk losing our periods and messing up our reproductive system as our estrogen levels are too low.
- Fat provides energy that keeps us going and helps us to be active.
Bottom line: All fat is not bad, and if we don't include good fats in our diet, we are at risk of harming ourselves in both the short and long term. The key is to eat the right fats, namely the ones that come from plants such as avocados, nuts and seeds. Avoid any processed fats, even oils, as they don't contain any fiber or micronutrients. Stick with 80% carbs, 10% protein and 10% fat when it comes to your diet.
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.