The common notion that fats are bad for you should now be laid to rest, experts say. According to nutrition experts, right fats are not only okay to eat, they may actually aid weight loss.
An excerpt from the book, "Eat Fat, Get Thin" by Dr. Mark Hyman showed that more and more scientists are confirming that calories from fat can improve a person's metabolism, therefore enabling him or her to lose weight faster.
Dr. Hyman added that it is sugar and not fat that is the real culprit for weight gain and bad health. He said the average American can eat up to 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour in a year. The body eventually becomes immune to insulin's call and it will become difficult to lose all the sugar within the body system.
The excess sugar can quickly become stored fat, leading to problems of insulin resistance and other metabolic issues. Not only are you going to get fat, your chance of becoming a diabetic is high too. Compared to sugar, dietary fat is more complex. Fats can be saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans. On each type of fats are more subcategories. It is wrong to generalize as bad because some of them are actually good and some are neutral. Only few of them are actually bad and should be avoided.
Eating fat can be your ticket to losing weight, especially if you have been spending years avoiding it and snacking on starchy and sugary foods, Dr. Hyman said.
According to Yahoo Health, Kevin Hall from the National Institutes of Health supported this finding. The metabolic ward shows that even if two persons eat the same amount of calories, one from fat and the other from carbs, the person who ate calories from fats consumed more than 100 additional calories daily. All these can add up to a ten-pound weigh loss within a year.
Hall added that those who consumed more fat are also less likely to be hungry all the time. Fats can shut off hunger and craving centers of the brain, making a person less likely to eat more and gain weight.