Is Fat Bad For Me?

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by fatlosscheetah
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You are hungry. You want something delicious. You don’t want to get fat. Lucky for you, the diet trends of the past few years have allowed you to shovel down a large steak with some asparagus and butter on the side, preceded by a salad doused in olive oil. You come out of dinner feeling like a winner since you have eaten almost no carbs and followed your Paleo plan!

Success?!

Well, depends. If your goal is to eat healthy, provide nutrients to your body, and fuel your workouts.. you have eaten a perfect meal! However, if your goal is fat loss, unfortunately you have done yourself an injustice.

No matter what diet trend is in fashion at the moment, you can never escape the fact weight loss means burning more calories than you have consumed. Fat, although a healthy and necessary nutrient, provides a TON of calories. Let’s take an example of your steak dinner:

  • Steak (6oz filet) – 300 calories
  • Asparagus with butter – 120 calories
  • Salad with olive oil – 200 calories

… for a grand total of 620 calories

Let’s compare a leaner meal:

  • Turkey breast (6oz) – 150 calories
  • Salad with Balsamic vinegar – 40 calories
  • Asparagus – 20 calories

… for a grand total of 210 calories

So, if you substitute your steak dinner for a turkey dinner every day for a week you will save yourself 2870 calories (410 x 7). Since a pound of fat is 3500 calories, you are saving almost a pound per week!

I don’t want you to get bogged down with counting calories. Nor do I want you to hate fat (the good kind). Fat provides numerous benefits including: lubricating your bones and joints, making your skin and hair smooth and silky, and improving your good cholesterol levels.

So unless you are on a weight loss diet, enjoy the olive oil, avocados, and steak. However, if your goal is to lean out, you need to carve most of the fat out of your diet for now.

2 Comments • Posted in Fat Loss

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  1. Tortor

    This article is a lot of BS; fat is very very important towards fat loss! You can’t lose fat without eating enough of it. It releases a hormone which gives you a feeling of satiety unlike all those empty carbs you otherwise would eat. Almonds have been proven to help with fat loss, so has olive oil. If you’re going to
    Lower something make it carbs.

  2. fatlosscheetah

    Tortor, yes you are right. Fat is good for you and an important weight loss tool. However, there is no way for you or anyone else in this world to lose fat unless they are burning more calories than they are consuming. My point here is that fat is very calorically dense, so therefore it is very easy to go over your caloric goals and jeopardize your fat loss efforts.

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