Fats are calorie dense and give you a sense of fullness or satiety. Fats are important for regulating the body’s natural hormone system. If your diet is too low in fat, you will not be able to utilize its benefit in changing your body’s composition. Like carbohydrates, fats have a bad reputation. It seems logical that if you eat fat you will get fat, but it’s not necessarily true. It depends how much and what kinds of fats you are eating.
There are differences in the fat from avocados, which is a healthy fat (monounsaturated), and the fats that come from a doughnut (saturated and trans fats). The fats that come from the two sources do two separate things. Monounsaturated fat adds value to your diet and actually helps with nutrition and loss of body fat. There are also good fats like polyunsaturated fats. On the other hand, saturated fat and trans fat add more body fat while clogging your arteries.
Limit total fat intake to 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories. Based on a diet of 2,000 calories per day, this amounts to about
44 to 78 grams of fat per day. But your caloric needs may differ.
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