Four myths that tell you why eating fat isn’t what’s making you fat

By Ea Francisco

It’s easy to assume that eating fat is the cause of all your weight and health problems. It does have the same name as the very thing you’re trying to get rid off after all. However, fat loss and fat gain are full of misconceptions and outdated facts. Make sure you don’t fall victim to these fat fictions.

Myth: All high fat foods raise cholesterol

Fact: It all depends on the kind of fat—and genetics. While it’s true that saturated and trans fat can raise cholesterol levels, the same can’t be said for unsaturated fats. This kind of fat actually does the opposite and lowers cholesterol in the body. Salmon, avocados, and nuts all fall under this type and while they’re generally high in fat, these are better as it increases the good kind of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Myth: Eating fat makes you fat

Fact: Calories from fat isn’t any more fattening than fat from protein or carbs. All these, if not consumed moderately, will eventually turn into fat, too. The bigger cause of weight gain is linked to sugar than fat. In reality, fat helps boost your metabolism and makes you less prone to overeating because it’s absorbed slower. Because of this, experts are now saying that a low-carb diet is a lot more effective than a low-fat diet.

Myth: You won’t get fat if you exercise off what you eat

Fact: The amount of exercise you do is not a justification to overeat. Regardless of how hard you exercise or plan to exercise, bad eating habits are going to make you fat. Weight loss is about monitoring calories in and calories out so you can get calorie deficit. If you’re using your workout as an excuse to eat as much as you want, you’re going to end up eating way more than what you burned without knowing it. Also, increasing your workout intensity in relation to how much you eat could lead to injury or burnout. You might end up exercising way more than what you can actually handle.

Myth: You can spot exercise to lose fat in certain areas

Fact: Either you lose fat everywhere or you lose fat nowhere. One misconception that people think, and actively promote, is the idea that you can lose fat in specific areas by doing exercise for those parts. While the concept may work for toning, it doesn’t apply to reduction because you need to lose overall fat before you can see any physical changes in the area you’re targeting. And even then, you can’t be entirely certain what parts of your body lose fat first as it tends to vary per person. Usually, it’s the area where you last gained weight.

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