Healthy fat swops and the portion control of fats can make a world of difference in living a healthier lifestyle.
Fat contains the highest amount of calories when you compare it to carbohydrates and proteins which is why your fat portion sizes are vital to not only your general health, but also to reaching your weight loss goals.
Even though fat contains a high amount of calories, it is important to consume healthy fats on a daily basis. If you are consuming a diet that is high in saturated fats, such as butter, coconut oil, pastries, pizza, fried foods and red meat to name a few, you could be increasing the inflammation in your body and also increasing your risk of developing heart disease later on in life.
Swopping your saturated fats for your healthier unsaturated fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, oily fish, olives and olive oil will be beneficial to your health and for those of you that don't know, olive oil is my recommended oil of choice when cooking as it is an anti-inflammatory.
Remember, fats are important for your body so make these healthier fat swop outs today!
- Butter -> Olive oil
- Red Meat -> Fish/chicken/beans/lentils
- Coconut Oil -> Canola / Avocado Oil
- Cream -> Milk / Yoghurt
- Coconut Milk -> Regular Milk or Lite Coconut Milk
- Cream Cheese -> Cottage Cheese
- Hard Cheese (gouda/cheddar) -> Soft Cheese (cottage cheese, ricotta, mozzarella)
You will be surprised to see how many calories are in your favourite teaspoon of peanut butter or handful of nuts, so remember to stick to your calculated fat requirements per day to ensure that you don't consume excess calories through fat.