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Fat is Your Friend

The word FAT has the tendency to raise or create negative emotions and fears among athletes and non-athletes alike, as cholesterol and saturated fats are associated with heart diseases ... BUT I find the word to be shrouded in misconception. Believe it or not, fat is your friend!

We need fat to survive, because it serves as a primary source of energy at rest and during moderate exercise. Fats provide more than double the calories compared to proteins and carbs, each gram of fat provides 9 calories while carbs and proteins provide 4 calories per gram.


• Serves as a major source of energy at rest or moderate training. • Gives an abundant energy reserve for the body. • Enhances the sensory qualities of food, chemicals inside the fat molecules of food provide the food with flavour, odour, and texture. • Fats act as a carrier of substances within the blood stream and is essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, carotenoids, and other fat-soluble phytochemicals.

Not all fats are equal, though! Nobody is advising you eat a package of butter a day. Here are some examples of good fats.

• Avocados • Fatty fish • Nuts • Chia seeds • Extra virgin olive oil • Coconut oil

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝘁?

Your total fat intake should constitute 20-35% of your total daily calories: monosaturated fats should account for 15-20%, polysaturated should account for 5-10%, saturated fat less than 10% and cholesterol less than 300 mg per day.

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