Calorie Counting vs Saturated Fat
To tackle weight issues, we are being told to keep an eye on our daily intake of food. More specifically, the calories in our food. What if counting the calories, doesn’t necessarily work in the way you expect? For example, if you are not particularly sporty, prefer to rest and play your favourite video games, or are required to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, you won’t necessarily burn off the calories you take in. In such cases, counting calories doesn’t help much.
Experts tell us that men and women should not exceed the intake of a certain daily maximum amount of calories. This limit is supposed to keep us healthy and prevent obesity. Women are recommended a daily intake of 1940 calories, whereas men can take up to 2550 calories. It is thought that if we take in less than the limit we will lose weight. Anything over this limit without exercise can cause us to put on weight.
Unsaturated and Saturated Fats
Unsaturated fat and saturated fat exist in different types of food. While unsaturated fats can be beneficial to your heart and your figure, saturated fats harmfully increase cholesterol levels and make us fat.
The chemical structure of a saturated fat is fully saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are not healthy since they raise LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein, a type of cholesterol that is linked to heart disease).
Saturated fats are found in animal products and processed foods, such as
Children especially should be discouraged from eating such foods, or else who knows where human evolution may take us.
Unlike butter, cheese, meat fat, and lard, unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. Unsaturated fats differ from saturated fats in that they do not solidify to block arteries. Additionally, studies have shown that unsaturated fats are actually good for the heart. They lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Unsaturated fats are found in
- olive oil
- green leafy vegetables
Easier To Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, then follow a cholesterol-lowering diet. Eating unsaturated fats should not raise your cholesterol levels further. More important than counting calories, avoid foods high in saturated fats. Consuming a diet rich in Saturated fat will make you gain weight and increase your risk of having high cholesterol and heart disease over time.
Worried About Your Weight?
Consider your intake of saturated fat over and above counting calories. All food contains essential fats that are essential to good health. Saturated fat forms the excess that goes on hips, bums and tums and double chins. Saturates cause weight issues. Next time you do your food shopping, compare the amounts of saturated fat labelled on the packets, and pick the items with the least or none of the evil substance. Remember:
unsaturated = good
saturated = bad
The Ball is in Your Court
With this method, you will be actively cutting the wrong type of fat from your diet. And before long, provided you move more than you eat, you will likely notice a healthy rate of weight loss. So give it a try. You KANDO it!
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