The Truth About Dietary Fat

blog May 10, 2019

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

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

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:

  1. Collect a stack of keto recipes you love and put them into regular rotation. Focus on what you get to eat, not what you “shouldn’t.” Try my infamous edible keto cookie dough when your sweet tooth tries to tempt you or pick up my book on Amazon - it has over 100 keto-friendly recipes!
  2. Plan and prep your meals for the week ahead of time so you always know what to eat and don’t succumb to carb overload. This quick Buffalo Chicken recipe can be divided among five containers for quick and easy work lunches.
  3. Keep extra keto-friendly snacks in your pantry and lunch bag as a backup. I've listed out my favorite Keto Products here.

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!

 

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