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  • Writer's pictureIlona Luff

Does Eating Fat Make You Fat

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

There seems to be a stigma about consuming fat, so let's take a closer look at whether it's actually true or not.



Does eating blueberries make you blue? Probably, not :) The same applies to eating fat.  What does “make you fat” is consuming more calories than your body uses, empty calories, not working out, sitting on the couch and eating too many carbohydrates and sugars without much needed balance of fats and proteins.


When we DO NOT have enough fat in our diet and go for a low fat high carbohydrate diet we will most likely feel hungrier and eat MORE which will lead to weight gain. Eating fat will not make you fat. Eating more calories than your body uses and lack of exercise will.


Fats are essential for hormone regulation and on top of that they make you feel full longer. Now, how much fat should we eat? The best way will be to include a small amount of “good” fats in every meal throughout the day. As far as the amount - it should be very small. 1TBSP or less of the healthy types of fats. Take a look at a TBSP and you will realize actually how small that actually is.


So, what are the healthy fats ? Nuts – unsalted and raw almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pecans and cashews. Nut butters are another great option (peanut, almond, cashew). Add oils (coconut is my favorite, olive, flax oil) to your cooked veggies, salads and proteins to enhance the flavor. Chia, flax, hemp seeds and avocado are amazing additions. Fats that I recommend AVOIDING are most mayonnaise’s, butters, yellow cheeses, creams, whole milk, corn and canola oils and partially hydrogenated oils.

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