Your body needs healthy fats for vitamin and mineral absorption, to protect your organs, keep hormone levels balanced, nourish your skin, nails and hair, and provide lubrication for your body to function fluidly. A diet with a balanced amount of healthy fats can steady your metabolism and sometimes promote weigh loss. Fats can promote weight loss because they digest more slowly and satisfy your hunger longer so you’re eating less throughout the day, unlike processed foods/carbs that leave you feeling hungry an hour later and craving more carbs. Eating healthy fats also has minimal affect on blood sugar and insulin levels (constant increase of these levels can cause the body to store carbs as fat).
A good rule of thumb is that 20 – 30% of your daily calories come from healthy fats. Dividing that among your meals and snacks throughout the day.
YUM! Healthy Fats (Polyunsaturated & Monounsaturated):
Lean grass-fed beef
Nut butters (natural/organic)
Natural Oils (extra virgin olive, sesame, almond, walnut, canola, peanut, etc.)
Lastly, You want to have little to no saturated or trans fats daily. Check your Nutritional Facts labels for this information and remember the amounts listed are “per serving” so look to see what they consider a serving.