Fats

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Fats are not as bad as they are made out to be. In fact, some oil soluble vitamins like Vitamin D need fats in order to be utilized by the body. It is not healthy to have a low fat body composition for prolonged periods of time.

Every gram of Fats provide the body with 9 calories.  Fats are also known as lipids. Essential fatty acids derived from Fats help the body with production of hormones, maintaining healthy cell membranes and good skin. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid fats that remain solid in room temperature as these are typically saturated fats. Fats that are liquid in room temperature are unsaturated fats and can be consumed in moderation.

Further Fats can be classified into Triglycerides, Phospholipids and Sterols.  Essential fatty acids are Linolenic (Omega 3) and Linoleic (Omega 6). They are called Essential because our body cannot make it and the main source of Omega 6 are peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil. Sources of Omega 3 are flaxs eed, leafy vegetables and fish oil.

20 to 35% of our daily calorific requirements can come from Fats but we have to make sure that most of it is coming from good sources. Fat takes a longer time to breakdown to energy and is generally used up with low intensity work. One of the strategies to burn fat will be to do low intensity cardio.

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