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Do Fats Make You Fat | Vegan Fitness

Fats help decrease inflammation, keep hunger at bay, improve your mood and help regulate hormones.  Whole plant fats such as raw, unsalted almonds contain fiber, therefore digest slowly, keeping you full longer and slowing the absorption of fatty acids (may be less likely to be stored as body fat).  Avocados, Nuts and Seeds are all examples of healthy fats.  


Fiber makes an INCREDIBLE difference in the potential for fat to be stored in our bodies as body fat.  


Types of Fiber

Insoluble fiber increases the bulk of the food, whereas soluble fiber draws water into the intestine so it can dissolve creating a gel like solution. The extra bulk and water stimulates peristalsis (muscular contractions of digestive muscles) causing the colon muscle to work harder, become stronger, and function better.  Soluble fiber especially, has a big influence on fat metabolism. In the stomach, soluble fiber causes the feeling of fullness, slows emptying and slows absorption of sugars and nutrients into the bloodstream, helping to control your blood sugar levels.  


So I should stop eating fat? (because dietary fat is easily stored as body fat?)

No.  The body needs all three macronutrients to function optimally- protein, the body’s building blocks, carbohydrates, the body’s preferred fuel source AND fats, for fuel, healthy skin & hair, hormone production, and absorption of fat soluble vitamins, to name a few.


The presence of fiber makes plant foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados dramatically different than animal products and oils.  The fat in animal products and refined oils are usually in high amount with no fiber to control the absorption into the bloodstream, causing the body to become overwhelmed, causing it to store the “fat you eat as the fat you wear”.


This does not occur with whole plant foods (considering you’re not eating more than you burn).  Fiber controls the amount of insulin that is released and allows the body to efficiently digest and burn fats efficiently.

Low carbohydrate diets, typically result in low fiber consumption from veggies, beans and whole grains, which can increase risk of digestive cancers and cardiovascular disease, and also leads to constipation.  Not eating enough fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains can mean not enough antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

The body is a complex system and I know it gets confusing with 101 different “diets” out there.  This is why it is important to use critical thinking skills and get your information from peer reviewed scientific studies NOT studies paid for by the meat, dairy or egg industry, NOT from bloggers and NOT from journalists sensationalizing trends and cherry picking data from a research paper and twisting the information for a profit.


Worry less about “diets” and focus on overall good health; dump the junk (candy, chips, refined flours and sugar- anything prepackaged) and focus on eating whole plant foods to fullness, getting daily exercise and your body will take care of the rest.


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