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Are Fats Always A Bad Thing?


People have always believed that consuming fats is harmful to health and can cause major weight gain. Fats, however, are essential to health. Some diets entirely denounce the intake of fats, targeting them as the ultimate source of weight gain. These low-fat and fat-free diets can lead to fatty acid deficiencies, a condition that causes hair loss, dry skin, bruising, and low resistance to infection among other things. A truly successful diet with long-term results cannot omit healthy fats as an important of a daily diet.

Unlike carbs, that are stored as back-up energy, fats are used right away for the body’s critical functions. Fat is a critical component that rebuilds your nerve cells and are retained in the stomach create a sense of satisfaction from eating and can prevent hunger. Fats also absorb soluble vitamins A, E, K and S. Ironically, a lack of fats can induce cravings, so a person could potentially gain more weight whilst trying to avoid them.

In order to maintain a fit and healthy body it is recommended that 30% of daily calorie intake be derived from fats, for the average person that equates to a minimum of about 30 grams. 30 grams is not a large amount; it’s equivalent to two tablespoons of olive oil. Under no circumstances should fat be removed from a daily diet, as it is important to the body’s day-to-day functions. Your weight loss doctor can help customize a program to ensure you are ingesting all the necessary nutrients while maintaining a healthy weight loss

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