I will admit. I was on the bandwagon for the no/low fat when I first started on my weight training journey in the early 90’s. I did that because thats what was written in books and magazines. Thats what I heard on television and from doctors. Did it work for me, in retrospect, I would say “nope”. I weighed a “puffy” 190lbs, yes, I said 190lbs when I graduated college in 1996. I felt bloated, had no definition, and didn’t always feel the best. That summer I did some more research. I rearranged what I ate and added more fat to my eating. I lost weight, gained some muscle, and felt great! I am going to talk about Good Fats and Bad Fats, kinda like the good vs. evil, which to eat and which not to eat.
Recently, from February to April I drastically changed what I ate. One of the things I did was add more fat. No, I’m serious, not kidding. I really did add more fat by using oils, nuts and seeds. Now I don’t want to get all scientific, so I will leave that to the scientists. Let’s keep it simple and agree on two fats: SATURATED and UNSATURATED. Cool??? In my opinion, these links help make things simpler for me: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Saturated_Fats_vs_Unsaturated_Fats and http://www.balancedbites.com/PDFs/BalancedBites_FatsAndOils.pdf
I was very skeptical and afraid to use more fat. I started with using ghee, and coconut oil for cooking. Things tasted SO much better to me! More flavorful! I then added avocado’s, avocado oil, nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, whole eggs, whole fat dairy, and red meat to my eating menu.
I revealed recently I weighed 180lbs to 182lbs, with body fat around 17% when I started in February. Recently, when I weighed myself again, I was at 176lbs and 15% BF. I realized those are just numbers, but I have gotten stronger, feel better, and see my abs more (without sit ups or crunches I would like to add). So to say fat makes you fat, draw your own conclusions… I would really beg to differ on that one.