Whilst Santa's little helper was putting on the last decoration on our healthy Christmas tree it inspired today's blog post all about healthy fats.
10 years ago having fat in your diet was feared to be the cause of actually being fat. Now with the new fad of the 'healthy fats' people are smashing things like avocados, nuts & coconut oil on the daily. This conception of being able to eat as many healthy fats as you want needs to stop & it could be the sole reason stopping you reaching your weight loss goals. Think you eat super healthy all the time but don't lose weight? This could be helpful for you!
Fat as a macronutrient is essential for fat soluble vitamins, to lose weight & for your body to function properly. Sounds great right? Hold up. As we constantly stress - the thing that determines whether you lose weight or not is being in a calorie deficit. It's the rules of thermodynamics.
Fats, both healthy & unhealthy are much more calorie dense than carbs & proteins. A gram of fat contains 9 calories compared to protein & carbs at 4 calories per gram. So, your nuts, avocados & coconut oil is all extremely calorie dense. 1 Medium Avocado = 250 calories 20 Almonds = 140 calories 1tbsp Peanut Butter = 100 calories
Because they are so calorie dense, it doesn't take much of them to add up to masses amount of calories. Like everything you need to eat them in moderation. They are a key part of a healthy diet, but shouldn't be abused to the point where you're smashing 1000 calories a day of nut butters.