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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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