The human body requires healthy fats for a vibrant immune system, healthy heart, robust nervous system and glowing skin. It’s time you read the excerpts from an expert!

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Bad lifestyle and unbalanced weight go hand in hand. But skipping meals, eating less and avoiding fat-rich foods aren’t the solutions, indicates studies.

A poor lifestyle more so leads to obesity, which has resulted in various weight loss trends. Words like “go skinny”, “fit to fat” and “keto” are running at large on social media. But does a nutritionist recommend skipping fats? Here’s what you should know..

According to therapeutic nutrition, not even a single nutrient should be removed from a diet, be it fat or carbohydrates. The only key to a balanced dietary regime for weight loss is controlling the portion size of your meals. In case of fat, it should be restricted to 1 or 2 teaspoons i.e. 5-10 grams.

Good vs Bad Fats

Every energy has two polar opposites to it – Good and bad. So is the case with our fat. Good fats are called unsaturated fats (MUFA and PUFA) that are available in the form of vegetable oils, nuts and fish oils. Whereas bad fats are called saturated and trans fats, which are found in red meat, butter, cheese, coconut oil, etc.

Benefits of Healthy Fats

Whether you prepare your own meals or grab a bite outside, don’t dismiss healthy fats from your diet. Apart from being a source of energy, they are are an important part of the cell membrane and also help in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, K and E.

Fat Hero: Essential Fatty Acids

The omega-6, omega-3 that you read on food labels are types of fatty acids which cannot be made by the body and we must get them from a wide selection of food choices. This is why they are termed ‘essential’ fatty acids. And leading by the example of prevention is better than cure, these hero fats can prevent your body from cancer, inflammation and damage of vital organs. Therefore, its deficiency can affect various parts of the body and its mechanism.

Fat vs Fad

On a final note, people who want to lose weight should avoid pure fats like oil, fried foods and reusing the same oil for cooking. Vanaspati oils, refined oils, and hydrogenated oils should also be kept away. Every time you’re at the grocery store, don’t keep buying the same oil again and again. Remember to change and rotate between different types of cooking oil to provide your body with numerous health benefits. Olive, nuts and fish oils are the best!

Less Is More

Less is more so a simple and light diet is the best thing you can go for just ensure fats, fibers, and protein in your meals. You will most certainly reach your health goals provided that you also exercise.

Story by: Anushree Sharma

(The writer is an aspiring Nutritionist)

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