Today I want to talk to you about the macronutrient fats. But first, let’s look about what a Macronutrient is;
Nutrients are environmental substances used for energy, growth, and required for bodily functions.
The body requires different amounts of nutrients. These are either Micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals) or Macronutrients (Fats, Protein, Carbs).
The body requires large amounts of each one of these Macronutrients for a number of different reasons and each one has a different number of calories per gram.
- In Carbohydrates, there are 4 calories per gram. Required for Energy.
- In Proteins, there are 4 calories per gram. Required for Building. Builds and repairs muscles, cells.
- And in Fats, there are 9 calories per gram.
Its primary functions are to:
- Give every cell within your body an outer membrane.
- To improve the absorption of some key vitamins.
- After storage it can be used to keep you warm.
- Provides a store of usable energy to prevent starvation.
Fat is contained within Meats, Eggs, Dairy and Fish. They can be both solid and liquid form. Such as Fat within meats are solid and oils such as coconut oil are liquid.
As I’m sure we are all aware, historically dietary fat has been blamed for the rise in obesity and ill health amongst the population. But one type of macronutrient is not going to make you fat. You can overeat on Proteins and get fat. It’s all about your overall calorie intake which is the important factor. The only solid link between dietary fat and weight gain is 9 calories per gram. Which isn’t that solid of a case!
Over consumption is what makes you gain weight!
The only type of dietary fat which you should avoid is trans-fats. They are typically found in processed foods and have been effectively man made. The body struggles to deal with them and can be considered to be a risk factor for heart disease.
In conclusion you don’t need to avoid fats in your diet. We have seen above that they are actually beneficial to your diet. Remember it is over consumption of food which will cause weight gain. Not the type of macronutrient you are eating. You will lose weight by cutting out fat, but that is only because you have caused a calorie deficit (Eating less than you need).