I get asked this question all the time and it infuriates me! Why? Well, let me tell you something – good nutrition isn’t about counting fat grams, calories or carbs or whatever you are doing to make yourself miserable.
Please stop sizing up every morsel of food going into your mouth – it’s boring and unnatural. Yawn!
Think instead about the type of fat you eat, whether you digest it properly and how to burn it off again.
Good fats vs bad fats
Goods fats come from raw nuts, seeds, avocados, oily fish, olives and coconut oil. Even a bit of butter is good for your digestion.
Bad fats are mostly saturated and come from very fatty cuts of meat, full fat cheese, hydrogenated vegetable oils used in processed food or refined cooking oils.
Stick to the good fats, avoid the bad ones and remember that fat is your friend (in moderation) because it makes you feel full. You need good fats to absorb certain vitamins which are essential to your health and well-being.
Signs of poor fat digestion
If your poo is light clay coloured and floats then this is an indication that you may not be digesting fat efficiently.
Reduce your fat slightly, eat simple combinations and try bitter foods like rocket, endive and chicory to stimulate bile from your liver which helps break down fat. Apple cider vinegar in water before a meal is helpful too.
If you eat too much (good or bad) fat then you may gain weight. Remember that moderation is the key and if in doubt go to the gym and burn it off.
Do you count calories?
By Dora Walsh, Head Nutritionist and founder of Nutriheal Nutrition: www.nutriheal.net Twitter: @nutritionguru1.com