Eating Fat Does Not Make You Fat

As long as you are eating the right kinds of fat, “eating fat does not make you fat.” Certified Nutrition Specialist Mike Geary states this emphatically in his The Truth About Six Pack Abs program. One of the things that Mike does really well in this program is explain how to eat to stay lean and the reasons why his approach works. Knowing what kinds of fats to eat is just one part of the formula and it’s the part we are going to focus on here.

For a variety of reasons, you are afraid of fat. You’ve been taught to think and feel this way. You’ve been taught that eating fat will give you high cholesterol and heart disease. You’ve been taught that eating fat will make your body fat.

It’s logical. It makes sense. Why shouldn’t you think this way? If you put fat in your body then you’re going to get fat, right?

The truth is your body actually needs fat. In fact, approximately 20 – 40% of your total caloric intake should come from healthy fats. That’s why it occurs naturally in almost everything we eat.

Healthy Fat? What’s That?

You’ve probably heard different “experts” talking about polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, saturated, and trans fats and which ones to eat and which ones to avoid. Unfortunately, the advice you get varies from one expert to the next and it’s all too much to remember. It makes trying to shop for healthy food extremely difficult and confusing.

Fortunately, you don’t really need to worry about that. The answer to which fats are healthy and which fats are not is really quite simple. It’s actually not even so much a matter of what kinds of fat as it is the history of the fat.

Confused? Let me explain.

Generally speaking, any fat that occurs naturally and is consumed in is original and natural state is a healthy fat. On the other hand, fats that have been through any sort of processing (meaning humans have messed with it) are generally unhealthy.

It’s a pretty clear and simple rule and it makes food selection much simpler. To say it even more simply:

Natural Fat = Good; Processed Fat = Bad

Now that you’ve got the rule down, let’s look at some examples. Everything you eat should come from either a plant or an animal, so we’ll look at examples from those two categories.

Animal Fats – The Good And The Bad

For the most part, if you’re eating something from an animal then it is probably either meat or some form of dairy product, so let’s focus our attention there.

Unless you hunt and fish for all your meat, the meat you consume was raised in one of two ways:

  1. Fed by humans with some combination of synthetic and natural food sources
  2. In a natural environment on completely natural food sources

Can you guess which one is healthier for you? The correct answer is of course number two.

In many mass production farms that raise animals for consumption, the animals are not fed their natural diet. Instead, they are given antibiotics, hormones, and other things that are intended to make the farms production more efficient and cost effective. Unfortunately, these things have a trickle down effect on you.

Your other option is to eat meats that come from animals that were raised in their natural environment and allowed to eat their natural diet. It is more expensive and less efficient to raise animals this way, but the end result is much better for you.

The same thing goes for dairy products, they either come from animals on a natural diet or from animals on a synthetic diet. Again, the natural diet produces the healthiest food for you. On top of that, most dairy products go through a few processes that make them less healthy for you (i.e. pasteurization, homogenization). Milk fat is actually quite good for you if you can find milk that hasn’t been processed.

Plant Fats – The Good And The Bad

Just like animal based food products, you have two options when it comes to plant based food products:

  1. Chemically altered and/or heavily processed
  2. Naturally occurring with little to no processing

As before, number two is the better choice.

When it comes to plant based foods, most of the fat is in nuts and oils. These fats can actually be quite good for you if they are not heavily processed.

What you want to look for here is the words “organic” or “natural.” For example, when you buy your peanut butter, look for a bottle that says it is organic. You should be able to notice a difference in the ingredients list of the organic peanut butter versus the regular peanut butter.

In fact, the ingredients list can be a good guide for you when selecting plant based foods. If the ingredients list contains things that you don’t immediately recognize as coming from a farm or garden, then it’s probably not the best choice for you.

Some Sources Of Good Fats

Here are a few examples of foods that will give your body the healthy fats it needs:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Organic Peanut Butter
  • Fish

Remember that 20 – 40% of your calories should come from good fats. This list is just an example. There are many other good sources of healthy fat. Just stick to the rule I mentioned above and you should be fine.

For a more in depth explanation of how processing food alters fat and why processed foods are bad for you, check out The Truth About Six Pack Abs. This guide will give you everything you need to get a healthy, lean body and a great set of six pack abs.

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