Will eating fat make me fat?
As with the myth that carbohydrates make one fat, the answer to this is the same. Calories ingested and absorbed above expenditure contribute to increasing fat stores. However, there is some evidence that would suggest it is easier to get fat when consuming a high-fat diet. It seems the human body has a difficult time regulating food intake on high-fat diets, making it easier to accidentally eat excess calories. Also, because fat provides a lot of calories for a small volume (nine calories/g vs. four calories/g for protein and carbs) one may have a harder time feeling satisfied with the smaller food volume a high-fat diet would provide.
Why do I need dietary fat?
Proper amounts of fat are necessary for optimal function and health and can enhance body-fat reduction by providing satiety (fullness).
Does eating fat cause weight gain?
Excess calories make you fat, not fat. Currently, Americans are consuming 300 calories per day more than 10 years ago and are moving less. Portion sizes, calories, technology and social habits have contributed the most to our country's expanding waistline.
Should I try to cut all fat out of my diet?
This is FALSE. Dietary fat calories should never dip below 10 percent of total caloric intake. Dietary fat can add to palatability and satiety. Dietary fat carries our necessary fat soluble vitamins & essential fatty acids.
I've heard that dietary fat is bad for you. Is this true?
Some fats are actually good for you, in moderation. Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, found in some fish, can assist in lowering cholesterol as well as other positive physiological and psychological responses.
Are high-fat diets safe?
Diets high in saturated fats generally raise cholesterol levels and leads to overeating. Total fat intake should not exceed 30 percent of the total caloric intake.
Will high-fat diets help me lose weight?
Remember, you lose fat when you consume fewer calories than you burn, regardless of whether they are fat, protein or carbohydrate calories. However, diets that contain more than 30 percent fat generally slow metabolism and lead to overeating. A very small portion of the population appears to feel and function better on a higher-fat diet (above 25%) while pursuing weight loss. This is due to bio-individuality and the satiating power of fats for this group. Most people would not benefit from a high-fat diet.
Do Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) assist in fat or weight loss?
There is no benefit in consuming extra calories (each gram of MCT yields 9 calories) during a fat and/or weight-loss program. Therefore, the additional MCT calories would only be used for energy in lieu of fat stores and consequently slow fat loss.
Is it true that all fats cause high cholesterol?
This is FALSE. Some fats are actually thought to lower cholesterol (Omega 3 fatty acids, monounsaturated)