Theres a huge food debate over fat- trans, saturated, unsaturated, poly... You get the picture. It can be a headache trying to understand the difference between good and bad fats, so I spoke with a few nutritionists as well as personal trainers to get their view on the whole shebang. And it turns out you can eat fat, and not necessarily get fat (mini happy dance)!
It's important to understand that omega, essential acids that are found in avocado and protein like salmon are the kind you want. They help the body absorb nutrients from vegetables and keep your body lubricated.
Now on to animal fat. It's not all bad. The fat from meat like pork, lamb and beef is natural. Let's remember that. When these fats are used in recipes (lard) as well as broth, they are high in gelatin which aids the production of gelatin in the bones, which is great for those who suffer with poor joints.
You might be thinking about the fat in chocolate and cakes. Now this is different. Butter and oils aren't necessarily bad for you, but when you combine fats with sugar (carbohydrates), studies have shown they produce an effect akin to taking heroine! The brain experiences high levels of serotonin (the happy hormone) and thus the problem is created: fat and carbs equal happiness, meaning you're more likely to eat them together.
It's this combination you want to avoid. So when that pastry stuffed with cinnamon and cream beckons, ignore it. Some whole natural yogurt would serve your body better, or even better yet, a piece of chicken.
Equally, the importance is put on calories. I have been told time and time again that if you consume more than your body can burn off, regardless of what you're eating, you will gain weight. This is a simple, but also true way of explaining weight loss. For example, eating enough chocolate bars to amount to 1600 calories might be fun, but you'd also feel sick and endure poor skin and irregular sleep because of the amount of sugar. Instead, picking high fat, but also low sugar carbohydrates like vegetables, salad and porridge, can aid this journey.
On a more general note, fat tastes pretty good. I'm a sucker for peanut butter, naturally high-fat Greek yogurt, T-bone steak and avocado. Pick the right kind of fats and the body you want will follow.