We tend to cut on fat and carbohydrates, whenever we are thinking of losing weight. And it is a great start if you want to lose weight, but the problem comes after weeks or maybe months of depriving ourselves of the two. You won’t be able to sustain it for long since we need those two for our body to work properly. The truth is fat and carbohydrates are not bad at all since we need them to sustain our body.
Let’s take a closer look at fat and carbohydrates and why they are important in our diet.
We get energy from the stored at in our body, but that is not the only use of fat in the body as it also cushioned our organ. Fats come in different form; though some of them are bad for you, other is needed by our body. There are saturated fats, Trans fat and unsaturated fat.
Saturated fat – otherwise known as solid fat and comes from milk, cheese and meat. This type of fat raises your cholesterol. You can also find them in palm oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter. Fish and poultry has less saturated fat compared to red meat.
Trans fat – this fat is already processed and has a longer life compared other type of fats. Like the first one, it also raises the cholesterol level. You’ll find this in processed food like chips, cookies, margarine and other foods with shortening in it.
Unsaturated fats – are good for you and they come from plants because it lowers the cholesterol in the body. There are two types of unsaturated fat and they are monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat can be found in avocado, nut and vegetable oils (canola, olive, and peanut). Polyunsaturated fat comes from vegetable oil and seafood.
Carbohydrates are not bad at all, but they are just given a bad reputation because of the Atkins diets, and the media programming our mind to lessen the intake.
Like fat; carbohydrates also has the good and the bad. The good is the complex carbohydrate because it has most of the vitamins and minerals that our body needs. The other type is the simple sugar and they are bad for you since it contains empty calories. Complex carbohydrates are found on potatoes, rice, bread, wholegrain cereals, semi skimmed milk, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, and beans. Simple sugar comes from confectionery, cakes and biscuits, cereals, puddings, soft drinks and juice.