There is a very common misconception among people that increasing the intake of fat will lead to more fat in your body. The truth however is that fat gain or weight gain happens when you consume surplus calories, i.e. you burn less calories than you are eating. This is primarily the root cause of weight gain. The reason that made way for the common perception behind fats is that fats are generally high-cal food but people overlook the positive side of it. Let us now try to understand how fats can really help you lose fat. What may seem oxymoronic at the first sight is actually true. But how?
Please don’t be under the assumption that consuming extra fats will help you lose fat. You will have to keep your daily calorie consumption at the same level while increasing the intake of healthy fats. A simpler interpretation of the same would mean: substitute carbohydrates for fats in your daily diet. What normally happens is that as soon as you eat carbs, the insulin level spikes that catalyzes the storage of glucose in your fat cells if your activity level is low. Now when your body is unable to use the stored fat in your body, it requires more calories. Result: weight gain!
The simplest way to stop the insulin spike in your body is to replace carbohydrates with fats. Less carbohydrates and hence regulated insulin also means an increased chance that your body will access fat stored in your body for energy. Another positive is that fat leaves you more satiated than carbohydrates which essentially means lesser calorie consumption which leads us back to our initial point: weight gain happens because of surplus calories consumed. One more important aspect you must not ignore is that we are only talking about healthy fats in our conversation. Saturated fats increase cholesterol levels in your body, putting it at a risk of heart diseases.
Also, be very mindful of the fact that fats add up to your calorie intake very fast, so keep a check on the amount of calories when consuming them. Some of the healthy fat foods include olive oil, avocados and peanut butter. Quinoa and chia seeds are also rich in important fats like omega-3 fatty acids and other monounsaturated fats. Hope you’d include some healthy fats in your diet as soon as you can. Be healthy, stay nourished!