The Untold Truth About the “Good Fats”

Whenever one hears the word fat, one cannot think of anything other than obesity, health problems, high cholesterol and so on. From this point of view, solving all weight related problems seems easy; just eliminate all the fat from your diet and you will never be overweight again. But is it truly that simple? Fat is important to the human body; without it, skin and hair become fragile and brittle, colon problems develop, and overall health can be seriously affected. The problem is not the fat itself; it is the type of fat in your diet.

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What are the good kind of fats?

Over the years, people have been fed different stories about choosing the right foods for optimum health. When researchers warned that too much fat in your diet leads to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems, people jumped on the low fat, no fat bandwagon with little success. If you want to know more, go to

New studies reveal that we must have some fat in our diet for good health and reduction of disease. The omega-3 fatty acids are said to be ‘essential’ because they cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained through our food sources.



Omega-3 essential fatty acids can come from either plant or marine sources. They can be obtained from fish and fish oil, unrefined vegetable oils, raw nuts, seeds and beans. Linolenic acid, the marine source, can be obtained from certain fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon. These fish and fish oil supplements contain bioavailable docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acid, the two kinds of omega-3 essential fatty acids crucial to good health.

The plant based omega-3 essential fatty acid is alpha-linolenic acid (alpha meaning plant) and can be found in omega-3 rich oils such as flaxseed, canola, soybean and walnut oils. These plant sourced omega-3 EFAs cannot be made in the body like fish oil. They need to be broken down by the body’s enzymatic system into DHA and EPA before the body can reap its powerful benefits. Flaxseed oil, the plant source highest in omega-3s, is a great alternative for vegetarians and those who can’t tolerate fish or fish oil capsules.

The importance of Omega 3 (EPA & DHA)

As a matter of fact, taking these healthy fats also can relieve you of joint pains, reduce your cholesterol level, strengthen your body defenses, improve your concentration, sharpen your memory and help look better by alleviating dry, coarse skin and cracked heel, strengthening cracked or weak nails, and adding luster to dry, frizzy hair and splits ends.

EFAs are vital for the permeability, flexibility and integrity of cell membranes, which allow the efficient passage of oxygen and other nutrients into the cell for nutritional support, and waste materials out of the cell for proper elimination.



Red blood cells also require EFAs. When EFAs are insufficient, red blood cell membranes lose their flexibility, become rigid and less effective in transporting oxygen throughout the body, resulting in reduced oxygen supply to body tissue, the cause of many health problems.

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What Should Your Weight Be?

We all know that obesity is becoming a problem in many countries around the world. However, what we don’t realize is that obesity comes about by being overweight first. The issue is many people do not realize that they are overweight. A common question on many people’s minds is how to know what weight is ideal for their age and height.

To know what your ideal body weight should be will depend on a few factors. To determine what Weight Loss 44your should weight in other words your ideal body weight, you must consider your age, height, bone density, sex, and muscle fat ratio.

Many doctors will tell to calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI to know what your ideal weight should be while other disagree and say that the BMI does not take into account the muscle mass and that it is better to use the waist – hip ratio to learn the ideal weight you should be.

In fact, the body weight that is right for one person may not be the same for another person of the same age. If you compare yourself with your family and friend or those around you, there will be a vast array in the difference between the ideal body weight.

The basic thing to remember is that you may not be overweight if someone who is your same age doses not weigh as much. Many people compare themselves to their peers and think they are overweight, and the fact remains that they may not be. If you are really overweight and want to lose the excess weight you should consider eating healthy food while trying to reduce your calories intake. Avoid junk food as they contain loads of salt, sugar and other additives that are not good for your health. Try to be physically active as this will help your body stay fit and keep your metabolism working so that your body can digest the food well.

before-afterThere are many people who go for the weight loss supplements as a way to lose weight without much effort. While there are some that work, they may be made from artificial chemicals. If you want to take a supplement, it is best to go for an all natural one that will not have any side effects on your overall health.  To learn more about natural weight loss click here.

Remember that it is very important to know if you are overweight or not, there are many people who are simply big made. Some people have very high bone density, and the weight they carry are mostly from their bones. Therefore, they cannot be considered as overweight. If you are unsure what your ideal weight should be, consult a doctor and ask for advice.

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