Take it from me and I blame my mom....We grew up with a mom always on a diet. We had no junk food in the house and to this day I hate raisins because I had one of those tiny boxes in my lunch for as many years as my mom made my lunch. I don't remember my mom being overweight but then saw some pictures from where we were real young and yes she was a bit larger back then. But the mom I think of most of the time is a mom about a size 12-14 and she was very pretty. (oh gosh here I go rambling again....)
Anyway back to Fat...low fat, non-fat forever and ever that I even did it and have become like her as in diet, diet diet, but not anymore. All that low fat non fat stuff was/is loaded with artificial fake garbage!!! Don't do it!!!
You can eat bacon and lose weight (not everyday not the entire package....)!!!
Here is some additional info on that not so evil fat you have been afraid of, like I was!
Why Saturated Fat Doesn't Cause Heart Disease
In a 2010 evaluation of 21 studies and 350,000 subjects, saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease — and numerous other studies have reached similar conclusions . Of course, these studies aren’t without controversy. For instance, Greatist expert and physician Dr. James Hardeman believes those 21 studies aren’t comprehensive enough; on average, their subjects were studied for around 14 years, which may not be long enough to see the effects of a diet high in saturated fat. However, they raise important questions about saturated fat’s effects on the arteries of the heart and brain.
But what about cholesterol? We actually have two kinds of cholesterol in our blood: the HDL (“good”) and LDL (“bad”). Total cholesterol levels are less important than the ratio of HDL to LDL, but a simpler (if kind of flawed) approach is that we should try to increase HDL and decrease LDL. Saturated fat is generally believed to increase the bad cholesterol.
But that’s only part of the story, because there are also two kinds of LDL cholesterol: big, floaty particles (type A) and small, dense ones (type B). When someone reduces their consumption of saturated fat and their LDL cholesterol “drops,” they’re only lowering their type A particles. But it’s the type B particles that are more closely linked in heart disease, and they’re generally controlled by carbohydrate consumption . So the best way to cut out harmful types of cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease could be to follow a diet that’s low in carbs, rather than fat.
Why Saturated Fat Can Be Good For You
Saturated fat has been shown to have loads of positive effects on the body, including:
Liver Health: Saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump their fat cells, which helps the liver to function more effectively .
Immunity: Saturated fatty acids, especially the kinds found in butter and coconut, help white blood cells to recognize and destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Go get ‘em, boys!
Hormones: Eating saturated fat tends to increase free testosterone levels, which helps to repair tissue, preserve muscle, and improve sexual function .
Now, fat is high in calories, so it can promote weight gain in that respect. Per gram, it has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. But provided an eye is kept on portion size, saturated fat in and of itself doesn’t have any negative impact on the body. In fact, increasing fat intake might help with weight loss: One study found that when three groups of obese people were fed diets of 90 percent fat, 90 percent protein, and 90 percent carbohydrates, respectively, the high-fat group lost the most weight . Plus, it tastes freaking delicious.
DROP THAT HOT DOG!
This doesn’t mean every source of saturated fat is healthy. Case in point: A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that after analyzing the diets of 1.2 million people, there was no association between eating red meat and heart disease — but there was for those who ate a lot of processed meat . That is to say, if we’re going to get sick from eating meat or saturated fat, it’ll be by getting it from a crappy source.
Basically, we should spend a little more on food. The body loves saturated fat, but from sources like grass-fed meat and butter, whole eggs, and coconut fat — not hot dogs and pepperoni pizza (sorry). By a mile, the biggest enemy in our food is likely refined sugar . Even the American Heart Association, which is still anti-saturated fat, agrees that sugar is a far bigger contributor to heart disease.
But the tide is very slowly starting to turn. Prominent journals and scientists are beginning to speak out on saturated fat’s benefits, and, after government scientists reviewed 16,000 studies on diet and obesity, Sweden recently became the first Western country to advocate a high-fat diet to its citizens.
That’s because heart disease and obesity are caused by inactivity, trans fats, refined carbs, and overeating, to name a few — but not saturated fat. Toss the margarine and tuck into some buttered vegetables or a seared steak. We think you deserve it.
I have gotten on the coconut oil train myself and its a good train and you can even find unflavored if you do not like the taste of it. I even have coconut vinegar and its awesome. I also have found avocado oil but you do not cook with it, you use it more to make dressings etc and it is amazing!!
My biggest downfall is probably that I love mayonnaise like a crazy women (Hellman's, Duke--shut up!!) but I found Avocado Mayonnaise and though its not what I am used to I like to better than other faux mayo's I have tried.
If I can do this you can do this!!!!!!!!! I may have jumped past the 50 year mark but as they say better late then never. I still do a one night a week "cheat" dinner and I still have a vodka here and there because I can. =)
I am once again going to leave you with a few products that I use and enjoy.
Have a Great Weekend!!!