It is widely believed that consuming fats like ghee, butter, and cheese will stimulate weight gain. Is this, however true? Are fats really so bad when it comes to weight? Let us learn together here!
Fat-rich foods provide a steady release of energy, unlike sweets, which provide a quick burst of energy(glucose) most of which is stored in fat cells as reserve energy. In fact, high glycemic index foods like sugar, refined carbs, and processed foods are actually the ones that lead to weight gain.
Glycemic index refers to how instantly a specific food releases sugars in our bloodstream. Consuming foods high on the glycemic index can lead to glycogen overflow which eventually converts into FAT. Low GI foods like fats release energy slowly which is what our body actually needs!
However, not all fats are healthy to consume. Weight gain can also be caused by eating the wrong kind of fat or consuming too much fat. Foods that are processed, refined, or fried are typically high in bad fats like trans fats. Increased consumption of these fats has been linked to an increase in inflammation, which is associated with nearly all chronic diseases.
Good fats like poly or monounsaturated fats can help in increasing metabolism, stimulate fat burning, reduce hunger, optimize cholesterol levels, and even reverse type 2 diabetes. These are heart-healthy fats and can even reduce the risk of heart diseases. So go ahead and pile on the almonds, walnuts, olives, ghee, butter, and coconut oil.
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