Is it true that fat burns fat?
While low fat diets are slowly making their way to the pages of history (fortunately) as part of a fad that failed miserably in the attempt to collectively help people lose weight and get healthy, we are starting to hear that “eating fat burns fat on your body.” Is this true?
Yes and no.
There really is no such thing as “burning” fat. Your body doesn’t heat up like a furnace when it gets rid of unwanted fat. However, if you have been eating a more traditional high carb, low fat diet, and you are aiming to change in your diet in the effort to lose extra weight, you will have to replace the carbohydrates with something- and dietary fat is a great substitute.
We need fat in our diets to survive. Fat will keep you full far longer than carbohydrates, or even protein. Dietary fats are also the most stable form of energy. Of course, you want to avoid trans fats, like the “partially hydrogenated fat” that we’ve discussed on this blog & podcast, but drop your fear of fat and gravitate towards avocados, nuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, meats, etc.
The French have longer life spans than the Americans, and they eat far more fat than we do, in general.
Adding more fat to your diet will not suddenly “burn” fat off your body. But if you strategically replace a good amount of the carbohydrates you currently consume with calories from fat, you will, in the long run, have a much easier time getting to the thin body you want!
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