Why Fat in Your Diet is Good for Weight Loss and Glowing Skin from Why Fat in Your Diet is Good for Weight Loss and Glowing Skin

Why Fat in Your Diet is Good for Weight Loss and Glowing Skin

Slow down the signs of aging and lose weight by adding more healthy fats to your diet.

Slow down skin aging

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“Dietary fats from sources of omega 3 & 6 are essential for maintaining a healthy complexion and slowing the rate of skin ageing,” Sally Joseph, Clinical Nutritionist, says. “Essential fatty acids help to retain moisture and prevent dry skin, as well as boost collagen, thanks to the naturally occurring levels of vitamin E in foods such as avocados and almonds.”

Help you to lose weight

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“Despite popular belief, excess consumption of sugar is what makes us fat, not the consumption of fat as we’ve been lead to believe,” Joseph says. “By consuming healthy sources of dietary fats - such as those found in extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, avocado’s, non-farmed fish and eggs and unrefined coconut oil, you’re going to be less likely to over eat because fat is very filling compared to sugar.” You’ll also be far less likely to crave sugar in between meals by including a healthy source of fat with every meal and snack, she adds.

Keeps you fuller longer

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“Fat takes longer to digest than protein and carbohydrates leading you to consume less,” The Vitamin Shoppe’s on-staff Nutritionist, Jaclyn Jacobsen, says.

Building block of all hormones

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Cholesterol is made from fat, [it] is the precursor to all hormones in the body, including thyroid hormone and testosterone,” Jacobsen says. “Testosterone will help increase/maintain lean muscle and thyroid hormone maintains metabolic function which includes fat metabolism.”

Provides sustained energy

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“Fat, specifically medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) including coconut oil, are quickly absorbed and utilized for energy in the body,” Jacobsen says. “They are also much less likely to be stored as body fat compared to carbohydrates.”

Increases absorption of nutrients

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“The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) require fat for absorption,” Jacobsen says. “Vitamin E plays a significant role in skin health and maintenance. Some preliminary studies have shown Vitamin D to play a role in muscle performance and recovery.” More muscle equates to an elevated Basal Metabolic Rate (rate at which you burn calories at a rested state), she adds.

Decrease in inflammation

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Omega 3 fatty acids (i.e. fish oil) reduce inflammation within the body, including the skin,” Jacobsen says. “These types of fat help keep skin clear of acne, blemishes and rosacea. They may also support reduction in psoriasis outbreaks.”

Lowers insulin levels

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“Insulin is necessary to turn the sugars and proteins that are eaten into energy in muscles, but if sugars and/or proteins are over eaten, insulin converts these calories into fat. On the other hand, insulin is not used to convert dietary fat into energy or for that matter stored as fat,” says Dr. Steven Gundry MD, one of the world’s top heart surgeons and a New York Times Best-Selling author of the recently released book, The Plant Paradox. “So, a high good fat diet can promote weight loss by lowering insulin levels. Generally, in "The Plant Paradox," I try to have people consume a 60-80% fat diet!”

The type of fats makes all the difference

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When it comes down to the outcome of weight loss and glowing skin the type of fat makes a big difference. “Cell membranes are all composed of fat molecules that have varying degrees of flexibility. The Omega 3 fats in fish oil, flax seed oil, perilla oil all contribute to membrane flexibility and hence flexible blood vessels and skin,” Dr. Steven Gundry says. “I have previously published the results of high dose fish oil in restoring flexibility in previously stiff blood vessels in patients.”  Additionally, “olive oil, composed primarily of the monounsaturated fat oleum act equally promotes glowing skin due to its high polyphenol contents,” he adds.

Short chain saturated fats

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“Short Chain Saturated Fats as contained in Ghee (Butyric Acid) as well as fish oil have been shown to nourish the gut lining cells, preventing the inflammation that causes weight gain as I describe in "The Plant Paradox," Dr. Steven Gundry says.

The brain is 60-70% fat

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“Half of that fat is composed of DHA, a primary component of fish oil. The other half of the brain is a fat called Arachidonic acid; the largest available source is egg yolk! Eat the yolk, and toss out the egg whites if you want glowing hair, skin and a bigger, healthier brain,” Dr. Steven Gundry says. “Indeed , human studies show that people with the highest Omega 3 Index ( a measure of Omega 3 ingestion for two months on average) show that the highest index correlates to the biggest brain size, hippocampus size (the memory center) and best memory and lowest levels of depression and anxiety compared to people with the lowest levels of Omega 3s.”