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Science Says Eating More Fat Can Be Good for Our Health

Science Says Eating More Fat Can Be Good for Our Health

Because of the current fitness industry trend of setting unrealistic body image expectations for drug-free men and women, many different myths about nutrition are recognized as healthy truths that help our organs function more efficiently. One of those notorious myths is that fat is unhealthy for you.

Sadly, this is a great lie and people who adapt their diets to this misconception are leading an unhealthy lifestyle—which is exactly the opposite of what they want to achieve. When people hear the word “fat,” they have the wrong idea about what this word actually means—they imagine things like obesity and deep fried foods. However, that’s just what advertising has planted in our minds, and you deserve to know what fat really is.

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There Is Not Just One Type Of Fat: The Good and the Bad

First of all, there’s not just one type of fat. Actually, there are four of them: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fats. Each of these types can be found in a separate group of foods. If you want to avoid bad cholesterol, you should limit your intake of saturated fats that are found in dairy products and meats, and trans fats which are produced artificially and added to a large number of products, and can sometimes be found under the designation “partially hydrogenated oils” or “hydrogenated vegetable oil.”

Polyunsaturated fats are actually oils such as sunflower, corn and walnut, all of which are typically used when cooking. Unfortunately, when exposed to high temperatures, e.g. in a frying pan, these vegetables oils turn to trans fat, and it is this group that increases the risk of getting cancer and many other diseases.

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Monounsaturated fats have a completely different effect—they help lower your weight in a healthy way and they can also prolong a person’s life. These fats are highly concentrated in avocado, nuts and olives, and you should add them to your diet and do so on a daily basis. So, these oils are best used as salad dressing, or better yet, you can simply consume olives and different seeds instead of just their oils.

You have probably heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, because there is plenty of information about their benefits all over the Internet—they help your organs fight off various diseases and they help build a strong immune system. They can be found in oily fish like trout, salmon and herring, as well as flaxseed oil.

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Our society is practically obsessed with weight issues, and more often than not, people can’t cope with the fact that the functionality of their body decreases with age—which is only natural. This happens because the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) significantly decreases when we hit our late twenties, and you can’t expect your body to deal with everything you throw at it as effectively as it did when you were young. So, it’s quite necessary to change your habits if you want to keep your youthful look as long as possible.

It’s Necessary for Your Brain

Considering the fact that your brain is about sixty percent fat, having a low fat diet actually prevents your mind from functioning properly. Basically, when you eat less fats in order to look good, you’re only sacrificing your brain—sounds terrible when you put it this way, doesn’t it?

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Vitamins A, D, E and K can’t be transported into your body by water, and they need fats so that your body can absorb them. You should know that these vitamins are quite necessary for your body, if you want to decrease the risk of developing diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

It’s Healthy for Your Skin

The largest organ in the human body that protects all the other organs—skin—is made out of a huge number of cells that have regenerative abilities. As we get older, the power of those abilities significantly decreases. In order to prolong their lifespan (and yours, as a matter of fact), it’s quite necessary to intake healthy fats that fight against dry skin and various other skin diseases.

It Boosts Your Immune System

Preventing your body from feeding on fats directly affects the strength of your immune system. For it to be able to fight off various invaders that attack your organs on a daily basis, you need access to saturated fats, so that you won’t have any troubles with bacteria, fungi and viruses.

I really hope that you now have a different image in your mind when you hear the f-word. Fats are something your organs desperately need in order to function properly. Obviously, your looks are directly connected to your health, so if you take in moderate amounts of healthy fats each day, you’ll look good, as well.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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