Saturday, July 7, 2012
Eat Fat Get Thin
OK, just a warning, I'm about to blow your mind. That's right. You will soon be so astounded that you may have to rethink all you thought you knew about dieting, losing weight, and gaining muscle. Also, what I'll say kind of goes against some advice I've been giving (but not really) so far. Are you ready? Are you sure? You say yes...but I'm still thinking you're going to be pretty surprised.
Remember when people told you to eat only lean meats? How about when your mother and father told you at the dinner table to cut off all that fat on the side of the steak? That globby white stuff that was so delicious, yet everything you ever read said that it would kill you? Destroy your heart? Clog your veins? REMEMBER THAT??
Well I'm here to tell you that...surprise surprise..............THEY'RE WRONG!!!!!! THAT STUFF IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU! Imagine with me for a second. Your distant ancestors, the cavemen of ancient times, survived on meat, and lots of it. There was no sort of "dieting" going on back then. If you were a vegetarian, you died. If you refused to eat meat because it wasn't "lean" enough, you died. You ate when there was food. That's that. Now cavemen didn't live very long, I'll give you that, heck their lifespan was only about half of what ours is now, at best. But evidence shows that's not because of their diet, its more because of, well, predators, disease, and other misfortunes either brought on by nature or...stupidity. In fact their diets were pretty darn good for what they needed to do, which was a LOT in one day. Run, hunt, swim, climb, jump, run some more, all on nothing but raw foods and meats. Not so bad, eh?
And when it comes down to it, the men of ancient days ate a LOT of saturated animal fat. Did it cause them heart attacks and clogged veins? Nope. Saturated animal fat is a remarkably powerful source of energy, and kept them running hard all day. And despite people thinking it'll clog your system and kill you in a few years, they're completely wrong. It's a complete MYTH that saturated animal fat destroys your heart and circulatory system, as is summed up conveniently in this quote:
"A hundred years ago, fewer than than one in one hundred Americans were obese, and coronary heart disease was unknown."
One hundred years ago, people WEREN'T cutting the fat off their meat. Foods were more natural, more pure, more RAW. cholesterol levels were low, plaque in the veins didn't stick, and hearts beat more strongly. It's simple, yet baffling at the same time. But remember this: People with the highest amount of saturated fat in their diet actually have the lowest risk of heart disease. CRAZZYYY...RIGHT?
So why is saturated animal fat actually good for you? Well instead of getting deeply into everything, I'll just list a few immediate benefits. Saturated animal fat has been PROVEN to promote a healthy circulatory system, support immune system strength, allows for skin to remain healthy and vibrant, is an EXCELLENT energy source, and also.....here's the kicker...PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS.
So if this stuff is so great, why are we so afraid of it? Well in the 90's, there was a big movement called the "fat scare." Just because the word fat means both a state of unfortunate bodily situation AND is a piece of food composition, food companies linked them up and began marketing "low fat" foods to get more customers. They took fat out, sure, but guess what they put in instead. Highly refined carbohydrates such as starches and sugars. THOSE are what made America fat. Yes, that's right, carbs make people fat, not fat itself. Now remember I'm not against carbs, not by a long shot. But if you're going to eat carbs, make sure they're quality, complex carbs. Whole wheats and grains, as unrefined as possible. Ya feel me?
Now time for the disclaimer. Notice how the main subject of this article is saturated ANIMAL fat, not just saturated fats in general. When it comes to sat fats, they are not all created equal. Processed, man made fats do not have the same kind of benefit as the pure saturated fats from animal meat. In fact, many processed fats WILL raise your bad cholesterol and CAN lead to heart problems. Avoid trans fat and other processed foods rich in saturated fat, as they will do you no good.
So how would I suggest you change your diet? Well, first of all, don't go crazy. Don't worry about eating some of the fat on that dinner meat, as it will only do you good when kept within calorie limitations. Now remember that fat is a great energy source for a reason, which is that it contains the most caloric content per unit of mass. What does this mean? That means that if you have 6 oz of super lean chicken, and 6 oz of fatty beef, the fatty beef will have more calories and less protein, as some of the mass is taken up by fat instead of muscle. Make sense? This means that if you're looking for the largest protein content, lean meats are still the way to go. Does this mean that you should be afraid of the fatty meat? I think we've already covered this........no you shouldn't. It all just depends on what you want.
So there. Your mind is blown. Now go eat some fat.