Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How Much Fat do You Need?


Ok. If you've been keeping up with my posts then you know that there are certain fats needed in order to maintain a healthy active body. But when it comes to designing your nutritional program, how much of this stuff do you really need? Most dieticians and government regulated nutritional organizations suggest that 20 to 30% of your total daily calories should come from “good fat” sources.

To help you, here are a couple of tips on how you can accomplish this:

Try adding 2 tablespoons of extra Virgin olive oil to your meal by roasting your vegetables in it. I love this! Place a peeled sweet potato, beets, carrots and celery (all cut into chunks & wedges) in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and toss with a little salt, pepper and roast on a rimmed baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes (or until vegetables are at your desires tenderness). However, do NOT add oil to a meal if you are already planning to eat a fish like salmon which is already rich in good fats.

If you do not like olive oil or oily fish, keep eating your grilled meats and vegetables but try adding another source of good fats (like nuts) to your menu. In this case, about 2 Tablespoons of chopped almonds or walnuts three times a day with each meal should do the trick.

You can also take an essential fatty acid supplement that contains the omega threes (like fish oil tablets). Follow the suggested dose of capsules recommended by the manufacturer, your dietician or personal physician.

Now that we have revealed the truth that healthy fat loss does NOT mean you need to stop eating fat, look for my next posting where I will suggest the kinds of “thermogenic” foods that you can eat in order to reduce body flab….

And always – Enjoy Living,

John Aaron Villarreal

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