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Healthy Fats

You don’t have to be a nutritionist to understand that a high fat diet can lead to many negative health consequences, but fats are an essential part of a balanced diet. The key is to realize what fats are bad for you and how much you should eat. A general guideline is to avoid foods that are more than 30% fat. Each gram of fat contains 9 calories as apposed to 4 calories per gram of carbs. This means that a food with 10 grams of fat and is 200 calories would be around 45% calories from fat.

More important than the amount of fat are the different types of fats. Foods that contain saturated or trans fat are will raise unhealthy cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Food labels that contain words like partially hydrogenated usually contain these fats and they usually solid at room temperature. Fats that considered to be much healthier are unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are found in a variety of foods and oils and omega-3 fatty acids are found mostly in fish. These have been shown to improve cholesterol and decrease risk of heart disease.

Knowing the difference between these different types of fats will help you to maintain not only a healthy weight but also reduce risks for heart and cardiovascular disease. Although these healthy types of fats are actually good for you, eating them in moderation is very important to remember , as they contain a lot of calories. If you have any additional questions our personal trainers at Live Fit would be happy to help!