Even though proteins are most regularly connected with muscle growth due to the fact that they help build your body’s tissue, fat intake may well assist in the promotion of muscle growth too. Many people are now scared stiff of fat and run a mile when they see fat listed as an ingredient. However, not all fat was created equal – even saturated, the s0-called ‘evil’ fat isn’t created equal and just because I eat a lot of fat doesn’t mean it’s going to land straight on my belly!  In fact, by eating ‘good’ fats you can give your body a real boost when it comes to getting lean and toned.

Nutritional Body Fat

Nutritional fat consists of nine calories per gram, this is double what protein and carbohydrates include, 4 calories per gram. Due to this, nutritional fat might be useful for supplying energy to fuel physical exercise along with other strenuous activity. Nutritional fat likewise assists the body in absorbing vitamins, and encourages proper development and growth. Many health bodies around the world have changed their view on fat intake and now recommed eating upwards of 25% of your daily intake.  The key is that it has to be good fat, not nasty donner kebab fat!

Trans Fats

If we’re going to talk about fat being evil, then these are the fats we need to knock on the head. The main sources of trans fats in our diets come from partially hydrogenated (hardened) oils, which are used in some margarines and fried foods as well as processed snack foods (biscuits, crackers, chips, cakes, etc). Food manufacturers who are more concerned about costs than health love to use trans fats to help improve the shelf life of their products.  Hydrogenated oils should be avoided at all costs – check the label.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

This is where Omega-3 comes into play.  These are the important fatty acids, which are unsaturated fats found in in fatty seafood,  olive oil and nuts. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are purported to enhance heart wellness, but studies signify that this sort of  fat also promotes muscle gain and aids fat loss.  Sounds backwards, doesn’t it?! But there are several studies that have demonstrated to this. Just do a Google search and check out the Scholary articles.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats have been given a good old bashing over the years and are still viewed as less healthful given that they may lead to elevated levels of cholesterol. Saturated fats are found in dairy, meat products, avocados, coconuts, among other sources. However, not all saturated fats were created equal, as we’ve been led to believe over the last 50 years.  Some cause increases in bad cholesterol and others cause increases in good cholesterol.  Some of these good saturated fats can actually raise testosterone levels, especially if you do some form of resistance training. Testosterone is a key hormone involved with muscle gain, so developing amounts of this substance can promote increases in strength and muscle tissue, which can then lead to a higher metabolism and more fat loss.

Your Good Fats

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Gavin Walsh
Gavin Walsh

A British fitness and fat loss magician that helps men and women lose the jelly from their belly pronto. Gavin is the head coach here at Body Fixers and has been featured in the likes of Men's Health, Women's Health and Men's Fitness, as well appearing on British TV several times with delightful nuggets of fitness and fat loss wisdom.

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