What is the function of fats in our diet? Why are they so important?

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What exactly are these fats and why should we use them? These are all questions so many people ask us here at PrimalX Fitness when it comes to dieting and trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

Good fats are a really essential part of our diet, they are so important for good health and on top of all that their consumption plays many key roles in maintaining our basic functions.

Our bodies require proper fatty acids in order to provide energy and building blocks for brains, cells and tissues. Fats are also vital for proper hormone production, fat-soluble vitamin absorption (A, D, E & K) and in maintaining the health of skin and other organs. All this has a huge impact on both our cognitive and physical performance.

They are organic molecules composed of carbon and hydrogen elements, which join together in long chains called hydrocarbons. These molecules can be constructed in different ways, which creates different types of fat and their unique properties. The molecular configuration also determines whether fats will be healthy or unhealthy.

One thing for sure is that we definitely need healthy fats in our diet. And by consuming healthy fats doesn’t mean that we have to pile weight on. They are HEALTHY FATS not bad fats.

Not all fats are created equal, and to keep our engines properly running, we should be able to pick out the ones that nourish our health and leave the ones that destroy it.

Fats are split up into three categories – saturated fats, trans fats and unsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are found in animal products, including meat and milk, increase your body’s levels of bad cholesterol.

Trans fats, which form when vegetable oil hardens, are found in fried foods, processed foods, spreads and baked goods. Saturated fats and trans fats should be limited in a healthy diet.

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand are found in fish, nuts, olive oil, canola oil and vegetable oil. These are all considered “good fats.”

They provide the most concentrated source of dietary energy, which can be either a good or a bad thing considering the quality of the fats digested. The sources of our dietary fat determine whether they make us feel amazing or miserable. There’s a big difference.

Having healthy fats in your diet provides you with a sustainable source of energy, improves your gut health, metabolism, appetite control and cognitive functions. Correct fat choices will help you get lean and sharp instead of getting, well, fatter and slower.

As with everything when it comes to both exercise and dieting, moderation is key and should be considered even with the healthier fats. A person’s daily fat intake should make up no more than 35 percent of your calories for the day. For example, a 2,000-calorie diet, that translates to fewer than 78 grams of fat per day. So the option you have here is to choose unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats and trans fats. Keep it simple and don’t worry too much about percentages.

What we recommend at PrimalX Fitness:

Fats are very important in a diet but just be careful that you don’t take in too much. We encourage you to test and see for yourself what produces the best results and if we can help you along your way please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through the form below or call us on 087 064 5527.

We are experts in nutrition here at PrimalX Fitness and we offer our #Feed2Succeed program which consists of a 6 week online nutrition program designed to improve your eating habits, nutrients intake and metabolism.  Find out more here


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