For years we’ve been told that eating a low-fat diet is the way to get healthy and lose weight. But the latest science shows the opposite is true. Eating the right kinds of fats can actually help you become lean, healthy and vibrant.

Sugar, not fat, is the real culprit that can lead to obesity and a host of other nasty health issues.

Fat is one of the body’s most basic building blocks. If you don’t eat enough fat, you tend to eat more starch or sugar instead.

The average American eats 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour (that converts to sugar) every year. That’s nearly a pound of sugar and flour combined every day! If you don’t burn off all the sugar you eat, your body stores it as fat.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, a diet rich in healthy fats:

  • increases metabolism
  • stimulates fat burning
  • cuts hunger
  • optimizes your cholesterol profile
  • can reverse type 2 diabetes
  • reduces your risk for heart disease
  • boosts cognition, happiness, learning and memory
  • improves skin, hair and nails

If find you’re having trouble getting rid of stubborn weight, try adding in some healthy sources of fat to your diet. These include:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts—walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts (but not peanuts)
  • Seeds—pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia
  • Fatty fish—sardines, mackerel, herring, wild salmon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil

It’s very important to choose the right kinds of fat. Unhealthy fats cause weight gain and a host of chronic diseases. Unhealthy fats are vegetable oils and trans fats (often labeled “partially hydrogenated” oil or “shortening”), found in most convenience foods.

Consuming the right kinds of fat is essential for good health. The key is knowing how to maximize good fats and reduce bad fats to keep your body protected and healthy.

I’d love to hear from you!….

Do you eat a lot of processed foods or sugar?

What kinds of fats do you eat on a daily basis?