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Eating Fat Won't Make You Fat

Why Am I Not Losing Weight Series: Part 2 – Fats

Interview with our Healthy Eating Psychology Coach Sarah Richardson, MAEd

Q: Nonfat and lowfat foods were hugely popular in the past, but now we’re hearing more about the need for fat in our diets. Have you heard of bulletproof coffee? People are adding butter and oil to their morning coffee to intake more fat. What do you think about the no fat versus more fat trends?

Examples of Healthy Fats Avocado, Nut and Seed
Examples of Healthy Fats
Avocado, Nut and Seed

Sarah: Everyone definitely needs some healthy fat and oils in their diet. The idea that eating fat will make you fat is a myth, based on outdated science. Fat deficiency can cause mood swings, fatigue, low immunity, and even weight retention. The health of your hair, nails and skin will suffer also suffer if you’re skimping on fats. Fat is good for you, but like all foods, there are good quality fats and bad ones.

Q: What would be some examples of healthy oils and fats? 

Sarah: I’m thinking avocados, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. Butter is fine in moderation. And saturated fats are fine too. There is a belief out there that saturated fats are bad. But actually saturated fats from healthy sources are nutritive. Coconut oil is a very popular saturated fat so you can find it in most grocery stores. I would suggest for cold-pressed, organic coconut oil.

Q: How much fat does the average person need?

Sarah: That depends. Everyone is different and their metabolisms will vary. The thing to remember is that everyone needs some fat in their diet, and you should eat that fat in moderation. Generally you’ll want to get 30% of your calories from fat, 50% from carbohydrates, and the remaining 20% from protein.

Q: What is your favorite fatty food? 

Sarah: I like avocado and marcona almonds.

Thanks so much Sarah. 

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