Exercise and FAT ?
Yes, exercise does help burn fat--the excess fat that makes up your muffin top or spare tire.
But that doesn't mean that you don't need fat in your diet! It's important to understand the difference here.
The excess fat stored in your adipose tissue (common areas are around the middle, known as an "apple figure" and on the hips and thighs, known as a "pear figure") is most commonly the result of these 3 things:
- Eating too many refined carbohydrates such as white flour, processed grains, sweets, and other sugar-containing foods; this includes Gaterade / Powerade, V drinks & all fizzy drinks / processed juices.
- Eating trans-fats (the health-wrecking fats found in margarine and processed and fast foods); and
- Having too few antioxidants in your system.( fresh fruits and vegetables are your best source )
In other words, good fat is not what makes you fat! On the contrary, your body NEEDS good fats.
Here are some of the important roles fats serve in your body:
- They provide energy and help increase your metabolic rate (so you burn MORE calories--not less!)
- Fats carry the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
- They delay stomach emptying, so you feel fuller longer (and are more likely to take OFF weight!)
- They supply the fatty acids needed for cell growth and smooth, young-looking skin
- Fats form the structural components of brain cells and myelin, the insulating sheath that surrounds nerve fibers
- They cushion and protect your organs
- They are essential for proper brain function
Sources of good fats include fatty fish (like salmon), lean meats, eggs, butter, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil.