When most people start a diet they say to themselves that the first step is to eliminate all the fat from their diets. Even though eliminating the consumption of fats in order to lose fat seems very logical, it is a big mistake that will prevent you from achieving your bodybuilding goals!
Different Kinds of Fat
Indeed, there are two kinds of fats:
1) Bad fats like saturated fats that are high in cholesterol and partially hydrogenated oils.
2) And the good fats like fish oils which are high in the omega 3, 6, and 9.
Your body needs all of these good fats in order to function properly. For example, they are used for proper brain function, for better thinking ability, proper functioning of the heart, joint health, and they even play a huge role in our production of necessary hormones (including the muscle building/fat loss ones like testosterone and growth hormone).
Without the good fats, the body simply does not work properly, fat loss stops and a variety of health problems can arise from not taking them.
How Much Fats Do You Need For Better Health and Fat Loss?
I like to add 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil per meal in your vegetables.
Do not add oil to a meal if you are eating a fish like salmon which is rich in good fats.
If you do not like olive oil or salmon, eat your grilled meats and your natural vegetables but do not forget to add another source of good fats. What you can do in this case is to consume 15-20 grams of almonds, walnuts or cashews twice a day with any of your meals. You can also add 2 teaspoons of fish oils or flaxseed oil to your protein shakes.
I recommend that you try as hard as possible to get your good fats from these natural sources. If you have issues consuming your good fats from food, I definitely recommend an Essential Fatty Acids supplement like Labrada’s Lean Body Lean Lipids Fat Burner which contains a variety of good fats in specific ratios that foster not only the great health benefits of EFAs but also increased fat burning, muscle growth, recovery, reduced inflammation, better brain function, superior joint health and many other benefits. I suggest a dose of 4 capsules in 2-3 of your fat free meals. For more information about this product check out the Labrada’s Lean Body Lean Lipids Fat Burner Here.
How Much Fats Do You Need On A Daily Basis?
For optimal fat loss and maximum energy and health you should consume between 20-30% of your daily total caloric intake in good fats. For a 2500 calorie diet that comes out to between 55-83 grams of good fats.
Note: the way it is calculated is by doing the following: (2500 x .20)/9 for 20% and (2500 x .30)/9 for the 30% number. Remember that each gram of fat equals 9 calories.
For a 1500 calorie diet that comes out to between 33-50 grams of good fats.
Now that we have covered the myth that in order to lose fat you need to stop eating fats, you need to know what sort of food you need to eat in order to promote fat loss. With that said, please take a look at my article on Diet Tips for Successful Fat Loss.
About the Author
Cecile Bayeul is a Registered Nurse, International fitness model/author and natural female bodybuilding champion who beat anorexia by embarking into a fitness program.
She believes that by embarking into a fitness program you can not only achieve any body that you want but you can take control of your life and take it anywhere you want!
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