Diet advice comes in a wide variety of choices these days. We’ve got low carb, high carb, Keto, carnivore, plant based, fruit based, and more. Honestly, it’s hard to keep up. While I won’t offer specific diet advice for you here today, I will highlight a formerly vilified nutritional component—fat.
Many people drastically limit the amount of fat in their diets, believing that fat causes excess body fat, heart disease, and a number of other health problems. However, much of the nutritional research coming out today contradicts these beliefs and highlights the importance of healthy fats in our diets. Healthy fats come from sources including avocados, nuts, coconut oils, olive oils, and animal sources.
Of course, there will always be differing opinions within the health and nutrition fields on what “good fats” are. Some view coconut oil as harmful, because it is a saturated fat, along with fats from animal sources like red meat.
What is clear, however, is that many are experiencing fantastic results by adding “good fats” to their diets.
Fats contain more calories per gram than carbohydrates and proteins. Additionally, while carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels, fats have a more limited effect. Carbohydrates elevating blood glucose levels and those levels then rapidly dropping are often responsible for the “crash” we experience mid workout. Adding healthy fats to your diet will leave you feeling satisfied longer between meals and thus consuming less overall throughout the day.
The body craves the nutrients found within fat. When we deprive our body of them, we tend to overconsume carbohydrates, which leads to fat storage and a host of other issues.
Fat is a powerful energy source that should be embraced, especially by active individuals. Of course, as with everything, embrace with moderation! This is NOT permission for you to eat a jar of peanut butter every night before bed.
However, the PI Keto Bar is the perfect pre-workout snack, energy source, and/or cravings killer. The fats within the bar will leave you satisfied and give you sustained energy to power through workouts. It is also a “go-to,” guilt-free, hold-over snack to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner or dinner and breakfast!
Don’t fear fats! Consume with moderation and, remember, fats are your friend.