Fat in Your Diet Makes You Fat - Or Does It?

Nutrition 101 - Fats - Infographic from MyFitnessPal.com

Fat is not your enemy!

Fat is an essential nutrient.  It is essential to health.  It is essential to life.

Take a look at this infographic "Nutriton 101 - Fats" from MyFitnessPal.  It illustrates some basic facts about fats, including the sources of fat, the types of fat, and the role of fat in health and the diet.

Does Eating Fat Make You Fat?

Eating fat, in and of itself, does not directly make you fat.  You need to eat and store a certain amount of fat.

Eating too much fat can (and probably will) make you fat.  Just like eating too many carbs - consuming too much sugar, pasta and bread will make you fat.

Choosing wisely

Fat is not your enemy; it is your friend.  But, as with carbs, you have to choose your fats wisely. This means choosing healthy fats over unhealthy fats and consuming it in moderate amounts.

Its wise to remember that a gram of fat contains 9 calories.  A gram of carbohydrate or protein contains 4 calories.

Although metabolism is complicated and is influenced by many factors, the fact remains that fat has over two times the calories of carbs and proteins.

If you take in more calories than you burn, you will very likely gain weight.

So, you have to be cautious with the amount of fat you take in because the concentrated number of calories in fat can indirectly cause weight gain, leading to overweight and even obesity.

Although there are some general guidelines, exactly how many calories of fat or percentage of fat to include in your diet appears to be highly individual.  It depends on many factors including your current state of health, age, sex, activity level, stress levels, etc.

The BEST Diet

The "best" diet is a personalized diet based on your particular and unique physiology, psychology, lifestyle, goals (i.e., health, weight loss, weight gain, bikini body, etc.) and other factors and circumstances.

You can discover your "best" diet - the diet that is best for YOU -  by adapting a diet plan or program to your individual needs.  You can also discover your best diet through education, experimentation and paying attention to feedback loops.  Working with a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist is another option.

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