Get “Phat” with Fat

Get “Phat” with Fat

Get “Phat” with Fat Many recreational athletes and fitness enthusiasts are still “fat phobic”, believing that eating fat will make them fat or cause blockage in the arteries leading to heart disease. There still exists the notion of “good” and “bad” fats, which originated decades ago and is still perpetuated by the media and health professionals. To this, we say “times are changing” as nutrition research evolves and we build the body of scientific evidence. If you are interested in transforming your body to become more “metabolically efficient” (also known as “fat-adapted”), the implementation strategies involve eating more fat to varying degrees depending on which strategy is best suited for you. As we manipulate daily nutrition patterns to control carbohydrates, boost fat intake, and keep protein intake fairly constant, we can see the body begin to utilize internal fat stores as a fuel source, while preserving the limited stores of carbohydrate. All of this without compromising health and athletic performance — bonus! Now, this does not mean you have a free ticket to load up on any and all fats without giving attention to the other aspects of your daily nutrition choices and quantities. Nor does it necessarily mean you have to switch to nibbling on butter during exercise. The level of “how high fat do I need to go?” will depend on many factors, but the good news is when implemented properly, increasing fat does not cause athletes to become fat nor does it increase risk for incidence of disease states. On the contrary, the scientific evidence is showing it is high dietary intakes of carbohydrates that are...