Warm weather is around the corner and that often means many of us start contemplating what it will take to feel confident in those summer shorts, swimsuits, or sundresses.
Changing what you eat is 60% of the work when it comes to tightening and toning for a svelte summer body.
Unfortunately, when people want to lose weight the first thing they try to eliminate is fat.
This is a result of a misunderstanding of fat. Not all fat is created equal.
Heavily processed fats that are used in prepared, packaged, and manufactured products are the most damaging to the body. These highly processed fats impair the immune system, can contribute to behavioral problems, and are the fats that compromise the cardiovascular system. In addition bad fats lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.
Fats to avoid: All Trans-Fats, all partially hydrogenated oils
These are found in margarine, processed foods, soda, candy, chips.
How to avoid: Read the labels! Take action and be aware of what you are putting in your body.
However, our bodies require fat for many purposes: insulation, protection for our organs, vitamin and mineral absorption. So, let’s talk about good fats and how you can incorporate them into your diet.
High-quality fats can steady your metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.
Healthy fats: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated
Saturated fat sources: humanely sourced animal protein, organic pastured butter, coconut oil, avocado, full fat high-quality dairy.
Monounsaturated fat sources: avocado, olives, olive oil, seeds
Polyunsaturated fat sources: fish, walnuts, flax seeds
A diet rich in healthy fats can increase weight loss, give you strong nails and hair, and keep you feeling strong and light all day. Take a look at your cupboard and refrigerator. Where can you make a few adjustments to the fats you are consuming? Replace vegetable oil for coconut oil for frying and high heat cooking. Have some nuts and seeds instead of a bag of chips.
It is the little changes that make a long term difference and impact on your health!