Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats for Losing Weight

Before running around and cutting out all fats from your diet, you should consider the different types of fat:

Saturated fats are the fatsĀ found in animal products such asĀ meats and dairy.

Unsaturated fats are fats found in vegetables and oils, and are better for you than saturated fats.

Essential fatty acids are the fats you want to get enough of. They are your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found in fish and certain oils.

Trans-fats are the fats that you want to avoid as far as possible. This is what you get in processed foods like sweets, chips and sugary pastries.

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Fats to Avoid

If you eat out, have the occasional cookie or chip. If you are not a vegetarian, then it’s near impossible to cut out all of the bad fats that aren’t good for you. But in moments where it’s possible, you should limit foods that contain saturated fats, trans-fats.

Familiarize yourself with labels. Unsaturated fats, or the good fats, come in the form of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

If a product has 9 g of fat and only 2 g are saturated, then the majority of it is created out of good fats. If a product only contains trans-fat, it should be avoided.

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It is recommended that your daily diet should contain 25% – 30% of fat relative to your total daily calories. Less than 7% of this should be saturated fat, and no more than 1% should be trans-fats.

You can find your good fats through sources like fish, vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, and of course – avocados. Just take note that even though these are good fats, they are very high in calories so consume them in moderation.

Equally as important as keeping moderation in mind for good fats, try and stay away completely from bad fats that come in the form of unhealthy baked goods like cakes, cookies and doughnuts. Bad fats are found in many other things like candy and ice cream.

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