It's a familiar story, and it usually goes like this:
You want to lose weight. You cut out fats from your diet. The weight might go down a little, but then it comes back up, and no matter what you do, you just can't shed those pounds.
If this sounds like you, I'd like to shed a little light on fats, and why you actually need them in your diet if you want to lose weight.
First of all, if you eat some fat at the beginning of a meal, it helps to make you feel fuller faster. Think of the French who adore their bread with butter. Or the Italians who are dipping their crusty bread into olive oil. And then think about it some more......do you see a whole lot of French or Italian people who are vastly overweight? Of course, there will be some people in these countries who need to lose weight, but the vast majority do not.
So here's the skinny on fat:
Butter - No.
Olive or avocado oil - Yes. They can reduce inflammation
Corn, sunflower and safflower oil - NO! Why? They contain Omega 6 fatty acids which trigger the body to produce inflammation.
The fats that are contained in walnuts, flaxseeds and fatty fish such as salmon, contain Omega 3 fatty acids - the kind that are anti-inflammatory.
So think about it this way: You've got pain and inflammation in your body which is causing you to be more sedentary. You've watched those pounds stick to you like an octopus on your face (Ewwww!) Instead of cutting out all fats, choose wisely. Your body will feel satisfied and you'll be feeding yourself anti-inflammatories.