Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fat is our Friend

Here's our New Performance Nutrition tip of the week:

The fact is that fat yields our bodies 13.5 times more energy than carbohydrates. Then why are we "carb loading" all the time?  We even carb load while we aren't training and get hooked on the taste of the high calorie energy and recovery drinks.  As I had the pleasure of speaking with many groups lately, I see a common thread with training and very little fat loss.  How do we get the energy then?  We need to consume roughly 10 -15 grams of fat with each meal of the day. Our main meals we can include a higher fat content but I recommend we intake 10 - 15 grams two to three time a day with one piece of fruit as a snack. This keeps our bodies using and synthesizing our own body fat as fuel.

What type of fat?  Stay away from saturated fats, even though we all need a small amount daily to remain healthy, we need Mono-Poly unsaturated, as well as, omega 3-6-9 oils(fish).  These fats are best as they  help control blood sugar and insulin and give us energy.  In fact intake of good dietary fat actually helps reduce cholesterol.

Eat fat, lower cholesterol and reduce body fat, all with great energy in your day.  See our website for more information.  Good luck come race day!!

Your Nutritionist,

Matt Mahowald

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