Gaspari Nutrition

Laura Prestin

Fat Breakdown

During my fitness and health consults with clients, I realize that many people have questions about  basic knowledge that some experts in the fitness industry seem to bypass. The reason for this is because the basic facts about fitness, health, and diet are an assumed knowledge.   To the average person, it is these basic pieces of information that are actually unknown.  One topic that comes up frequently is the understanding of fat content that I will break down for you.

What is fat?  Two types of fats are saturated and unsaturated fats.  Fat comes from anything that is from animals.  This type of fat is called saturated fat and is the worst of the two types.  This would include meats, eggs, milk, and cheese.  Yes, I said meats.  Meats of all types have fat, even lean meats have a small about of fat in them.  For meat lovers, such as myself, make sure you are keeping to lean and extra lean meats, such as chicken and fish, low fat skim milk, low fat cheese or take out cheese all together, and egg whites.

Unsaturated fats are fats that come from vegetable products.  Your oils are high producers of fat.  It comes from vegetables of all types, but in different amounts.  These are a better, healthier version of fat to have within your body.  But how much should you consume?

You should not consume more than 25 to 30 percent of your calories in fat.  Generally speaking, this is not hard to do, unless you are used to eating deep fried products smothered in saturated fat sauces.  If so, a change in your eating habits is a must!

Remember, your body does need fat, but ONLY a small amount of fat.

~Prestin XO

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