When people first start keto, they tend to get tripped up on the concept of fat.
It seems counterintuitive to eat more fat when you want to lose body fat.
But here’s what a lot of people don’t realize…
The fat you eat is not the same as the fat that’s stored in your body.
Here’s the difference:
Body fat consists of adipose tissue made of triglycerides. Any time you eat more calories than your body needs, your body converts the excess to triglycerides, stored as body fat--whether that comes from carbs, fat, or protein.
Dietary fat consists of essential fatty acids. Essential being the keyword. Your body requires these acids to function and absorb nutrients. Eating dietary fat doesn’t lead to gaining body fat...unless you eat more than your body can use.
The 90s showed us that low-fat diets wreak havoc on our health. Levels of chronic disease and obesity rates skyrocketed!
The keto diet, on the other hand, reinforces our body’s ancestral mechanisms. By limiting carbs, our bodies tap into our triglyceride stores to actually burn body fat.
However, it’s not easy to get a lot of healthy, high-quality fats in these days...especially with our culture exploding with carb-heavy foods and demonizing the word “fat” left and right.
So, here are a few tips to help you get a bit more healthy fats into your diet:
I say this all the time and I’ll say it again...it’s super important to have keto alternatives in your arsenal to make it easier for you to stick to your goals and not feel tempted by the ‘carby-crap’ that’s all around us.
Don’t let the temptations pile up...always be prepared!