Carolyn Phillips’ Myths & Facts About Fat

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Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Sometimes it’s hard to sift through all the information out there, so Carolyn Phillips is here to tackle some myths and facts about fat.  See what she has to say!

HERE’S SOME COMMON MYTHS:

All Fats are Equal (and Equally Bad For You).

The GOOD fats are things like Avocados, extra virgin olive oil, olives, nuts and seeds.  Stay away from saturated fats and trans fats, because those are what will raise your cholesterol and increase your likelihood of heart disease and diseases connected with bad fats.

Fat Free Means Healthy.

Just because they take the fat out, many of these foods are still high in sugar, calories and refined carbohydrates.  Those are all bad for you, so while the labels are technically accurate, they can be misleading.

A Low Fat Diet is the Key to Weight Loss.

This does NOT help with weight loss.  A healthy diet should include about 20-35% of you diet from good fats.  Most people think that’s too much… for 2,000 calories you’ll be eating 400 to 800 calories from fat.  But it’s gotta be the good fat!

Obesity rates in the United States have doubled over the past 20 years, which coincides with the fat free “revolution.” So when we went “fat free,” we actually got fatter.

All Body Fat is the Same.

Where you carry your fat does matter– the health risks are greater if you carry your weight around your abdominal area, as opposed to your hips and thighs.  If you have body fat around the abdominal area, there are issues like insulin resistance, which is connected to diabetes.  Where you carry weight is unique for everyone, and often based on genetics, but it’s worth knowing what body type you have so you can focus your healthy attention!

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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