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MEGAN FLUX I OWNER I FIRST THINGS FIRST WELLNESS CENTRE

THINK FAT FRIENDLY

Understanding the different types of fats and their roles can help you work smarter not harder when you’re trying to lose weight. Fat is one of the most universally despised components of human physiology. It is perceived with incredible negativity and is deemed responsible for psychological, physical and biological problems to such a degree that society has taken a moral stance against fat.

“IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT DIETARY FAT AND THE FAT AROUND YOUR TUMMY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS, WHICH SERVE DIFFERENT FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSES.”

burning energy for the bodily processes we take for granted, like thinking, digesting and regulating body temperature.

Another important group of fats that not many people are aware of are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They are With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that fat is viewed called ‘essential’ because the body cannot produce these with such hatred. We have even labelled it an ‘epidemic’. molecules itself and they must be ingested through the However many people don’t understand the purpose diet. They are more commonly known as Omega-3 and and indeed importance of dietary fats, cholesterol and Omega-6. It is well worth considering your diet before stored fat. In fact, many people aren’t aware that there is you commit to antidepressants, which work directly on a difference between them at all. Ironically, it is this mis- serotonin and dopamine as well. EFAs also nourish and information or lack of education that actually proliferates moisturise the skin. the problem of obesity and its associated psychological unease. Fat cells in the body are different to the fats we ingest in our diets. The purpose of fat cells is to be storage containIt is important to understand that dietary fat and the fat ers of excess ingested fats (fatty acids) and toxins such as around your tummy are two different things, which serve heavy metals, plastics and pollutants. The body does not different fundamental purposes. Your fats should consist know how to process these toxins well, and storing them of a higher ratio of unsaturated and polyunsaturated to in fat cells is its way of throwing them into the ‘too hard saturated and trans fats. An easy way to tell if fat you’re basket’. Fat cells can therefore increase or decrease in size, consuming is saturated or unsaturated is if it is a solid depending on the quantity of substances within them. at room temperature. A saturated fat (like fat on a cut of This results in drastic changes in body shape. steak) is solid at room temperature. A polyunsaturated fat (like canola oil) is a liquid. There are many methods of exercise that work almost exclusively on your stored fat, like cardio exercise at 50-60 These fats do have a purpose though and are important per cent of your maximum heart rate, ketogenic diets, as to consume. They eventually get broken down into tri- well as treatments like vacuum and infrared therapies. glycerides and glycerol, which are used as energy sources Work smarter, not harder when it comes to your weight by the body. These ‘fatty acids’ undergo a process called loss. beta-oxidation, which is an extremely efficient chemical reaction that yields a high amount of energy per fatty acid molecule. This is important as the body is constantly

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