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Do you skip the fats? Well your body will let you know if you need more fats in your daily intake.
When we go grocery shopping we see the aisles are packed with fat free and low fat products, but believe it or not…
Fats are as essential to your health as
• carbs, and
Fats give your body energy to function, help with brain development, vitamin absorption, and much more!
So are you eating enough fats? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself that may be signs that you need to increase your fat intake:
1. Are you always HUNGRY?
If you feel hungry after eating lunch or breakfast, you may need more fat in your diet.
• Dietary fat has been shown to provide satiety (a fuller feeling) and regulate your appetite, preventing overeating.
Maybe add avocado as a snack, or use full-fat dressing on your salad at lunch time, or even switch form non-fat yogurt to low fat yogurt at snack time.
2. Are you always COLD?
Do you always have a jacket or sweater with you because you are always freezing?
Don’t be the person wearing a sweater in the summer time!
Try eating more fat.
Our body’s fat cells are responsible for generating heat and keeping us warm.
That’s why people with low body fat tend to always be cold!
3. Do you feel MENTALLY SLUGGISH?
Do you have a hard time focusing or feel mentally drained throughout the day?
• Try eating salmon at lunch time.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in some fish, certain oils, and spinach are very important for mental sharpness and cognitive function.
Are you chalky? Got DRY SKIN?
If your skin feels flaky, dry or even itchy, it could be lack of fats in your diet.
If you have a deficiency in essential fatty acids, you could develop dermatitis, but getting enough omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have shown to reduce sun sensitivity and diminish acne inflammation.
5. Do you have DIABETES?
Although it sounds counterproductive, a high-fat, low-carb diet can have a more positive effect on the blood sugar levels than low-fat diets.
Experts recommend healthy fats like
• lean meats,
• olive oil and
• whole nuts
to get in those healthy fats.
The bottom line: You need a balanced diet to be healthy.
Fat is part of this balance.
So the next time you go out for dinner, don’t pass up the grated cheese on your salad, or maybe splurge and get the bleu cheese dressing with all the fat!