My friend’s daughter is a young girl of 14.

Not that it is a problem, but she has already outgrown her every piece of cloth horizontally.

Everyone in our social circle loved the little chubby girl, but today, unfortunately, she has become the butt of all jokes.

Her mother (my friend) constantly worries about her and keeps a dictator-like control over her diet.

The way her mother keeps all fatty food away from her, she should have had a size-zero body by now. Everything she eats has the tag of ‘Low-fat’ or ‘No fat’.

This has been happening for a few months now and she hasn’t lost even an ounce!

Curious, isn’t it? At first, may be. But not really once you read and understand this post.

I will tell you what went wrong!

What are Fats?

Fats are the essential part of foodstuffs that are necessary for the smooth functioning of our body and they are an important source of energy for our body.

Not all types of fat are bad for our body.

What are the types of Fats?

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    Polyunsaturated Omega 3
    It is a good fat which is unsaturated and naturally found in Walnuts, Flaxseed, Fatty fish, Oysters, Mackerel, Trout, Wild Salmon.The fats obtained from these foods are healthy and important for our body. They reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, arthritis, rheumatoid, dementia, etc.
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    These fats are basically found in the oil obtained from plant or vegetable. They are in liquid form at normal room temperature.Olive oil, Sesame oil, Avocados and Sunflower oil are the sources of monounsaturated fats.
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    They are solid at room temperature and obtained from sources like coconut oil, milk, milk products like cheese, red meat, fish, etc. some of these fats are good for our health.
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    Hence, they must be strictly avoided.

What makes us grow Fat?

  • Sugar– When we opt for ‘Low-fat’ food, we are actually opting for more sugar. Products which are labeled as ‘Low-fat’ are disastrously loaded with sugar, to make up for the less amount of fat. When we consume less fat, we tend to eat more quantity of sugar and starch.

Till now we believed that heart diseases were caused due to saturated fats and hence we try to avoid it. So as we go on consuming more sugar and starch, dense cholesterol begins accumulating in our blood which leads to clogging of the arteries.

  • Carbohydrates- Carbohydrates leads to increased secretion of insulin. Fat is the energy which is ready to burn, but insulin directs our body to store the fatty acids and stops them from getting burned out as energy.

These carbs, when digested, enter our bloodstream in the form of glucose. Thereby increasing the sugar level of our body. Fats which are consumed stay in the cells making us grow fatter.

Food that contain carbs: Refined flour products like, Pasta, Bread, Cookies. Drinks like, Beer, Fruit Juice, and Soda.

Fats: Our Friend.

  • Sugar and starchy carbs contribute in the hormonal imbalance, whereas fats are not guilty of this charge.
  • Fats do not lead to cravings. When we consume sugar loaded food, we feel like eating more though we are already feeling bloated or uncomfortable. Fats, on the other hand, make us feel satiated sooner and for longer. We do not fall victim to the condition of overeating.
  •   What do we do now?

    • Avoid fast food as they are high in trans fat content
    • Opt for lean cuts of meat and mostly prefer eating white meat.
    • Avoid cream, whole milk products and cheese.
    • Have more Avocados at your table. They are loaded with healthy fats.
    • Eat more nuts.
    • Have a healthier substitute option. For example, plain, non-fat yogurt is a good substitute for sour cream. Skimmed milk can replace whole milk.

    This is all that I could gather from my friend. So those of you busy dieting to trim your waistlines, do not avoid good fats.

    So repeat after me!

    “Fats do not make you fat.”

    Cut down your sugar consumption and watch yourself getting to that enviable shape you covet.

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