“I weighed myself yesterday 68kg. I stayed off ghee, butter, cheese, oil and everything for a day. And today, I still weigh 68 kg!!!”

You would think that we can drop kilos in days if we just lay off fatty foods. Unfortunately weight loss is not completely related to our daily fat consumption. Our body needs fats. In fact we cannot live without consuming fats. They contain the essential fatty acids that are a source of energy, vehicle to deliver vitamins, and keep our skin soft.

Then why do you put on a great amount of weight if you keep filling yourself on a triple cheese stick? Too much of anything is bad; and there are two kinds of fat: good fat and bad fat.

The Angelic Fat

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Mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids are the good fats. These unsaturated fats lower cholesterol levels by replacing saturated and trans fats. The most popular of polyunsaturated fats are omega-3 fatty acids which protects you against heart diseases. 

Unsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids is rich in fish like salmon, mackerel, trout and catfish. It is also found in walnuts and flaxseed. Vegetable oils primarily from olives, peanuts, almonds, and more are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E that are good for the heart.

The Demonic Fats

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Both trans fats and saturated fats are the kinds to be avoided if you want to be skinny and not suffer from heart disease. These fats raise the body cholesterol levels, clog the arteries and increase the chances of cardiac diseases.

They are mainly food in foods that we all just love to eat like meat, dairy products, eggs, coconut oil and palm oil. They are high in calories and tend to stay in your system for a long time.

It is better to limit your saturated fat intake to about 7 to 10% of total calories every day. If possible, switch to an unsaturated fat diet altogether to stay skinny and heart healthy.