You have probably heard and seen hundreds or thousands of “fat free” or “low fat” food items at the store. At a glance, it sounds great right? Eat this ice cream that is. Fat free, uh yeah! But why are you looking to avoid eating fat? It probably stems from today’s myth.
Today’s myth we are going to look into is the idea that if you eat dietary fat, it will make you fat.
First off, NO, eating fat WILL NOT make you fat. However, the story is more complex than that. Without going into a rabbit hole on the different kinds of fat, we need to understand that there are indeed “good fats” and “bad fats.” Our good fats are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Think things like olive oil and walnuts. Our bad fats are trans fats. These are fats derived from additives and hydrogenated oils commonly found in packed foods like cracker and cookies. Saturated fats are another area to be considered. For a long time, they have been considered to be bad for you, however, studies have shown that as long as they are eaten with some moderation, they have no negative impact on your health, especially if. You are eating a good diet of largely unprocessed foods.
Now that we got that out of the way, back to the question. Will fat make you fat? No, it will not make you fat. Overeating on fat will make you fat. And fat is very easy to overeat on. The reason for this is because fat. Is very calorie dense. 1 gram of fat packs in 9 calories, while 1 gram of carbs and 1 gram of protein only have 4 calories. Where diets often go wrong, is that people begin eating the “right’ foods. They cut out. Processed foods, starting cooking for themselves, and have “heathy” snacks, without realizing that the olive oil dressing, the butter they cooked with, and the giant handful of almonds they had at noon, put them way over their caloric needs for the day.
That situation is the most common we see. As a way to avoid overeating on fat (and in general) we recommend using an app like MyFitnessPal to track your food intake.
Fat WILL NOT make you fat. Overeating will, and it is easy to overeat on fat due to how calorie dense it is. Fat provides a valuable fuel source for the body when it is low on other nutrients, so you NEED it in your diet. Be cautious though and track your intake to ensure you are not overeating. Not sure how much to eat? Book a conversation with one of our coaches and they will help you out. You can do that here: