you don't consume fat at all, then your body thinks
you're starving. Your body will try to defend itself
and store as much fat as possible and thus you don't
if you are not trying to lose weight, cutting back
on ALL fats can be very unhealthy. You can actually
increase your risk of heart disease by decreasing
high-density lipoproteins (HDLs, the "good"
cholesterol) and boosting blood levels of triglycerides.
You may also raise your risk for such conditions
as gout and gallstones.
you deplete your body of all fat intake, your body
will violently react by compensating for it and
making its own fat in the form of an enzyme called
lipoprotein lipase. This doesn't only increases
stored fat reserves in the body but actually can
be more unhealthy than getting fat from food!
body needs fat to function correctly. All those
good disease preventing phytochemicals that come
from fruits and vegetables will not be absorbed
by your body without some fat. Fats also maintain
cell membranes and blood vessels, provide energy,
transmit nerve impulses and produce some necessary
body also needs a certain amount of fat in order
to absorb some nutrients like A, D, E, and K (neededl
for proper eyesight, bone formation, and blood clotting).
Vitamins A and E are antioxidants and have been
shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease and
a variety of cancers.
Dietary fats are also required for your hair, your
nails and your joints to remain functioning properly
determining the proper amount of healthy fat in
your daily diet is a very tricky issue. You have
to be very careful.
to the World Health Organization (WHO) we should
restrict our dietary fat intake to 30% of our calories.
Heart Associations suggest 20-30%, while some experts
believe that we may actually need as little as 10%
of our calories in the form of fat.
fat quantity is not just the only issue: type of
fat is also important. Certain types of fats (e.g.
omega 3 fats) from whole foods like and oily fish,
some nuts, seeds is now viewed as essential to a
you want to lose weight, a reasonable daily fat
target is 30 grams, of which no more than 10 grams
should be saturated fat. For maximum weight loss,
other types of high calorie content foods should
be monitered and cut back as well. (complex carbohydrates
like rice, white bread, potatoes, etc. and sugars)
you have high cholesterol, your doctor or health
care professional may wish you to reduce your fat
intake even further and reduce your saturated fat
to an absolute minimum.