In our effort to constantly provide our Camp Shane Weight Loss Community with current information, we thought the issue of Good vs Bad Fats was both relevant and appropriate. So here is the latest on the issue.

People often think that fats are bad.  Not all fats are bad for you.  People need fats for a multitude of reasons.  Fats help to insulate the body.  Good fats protect your heart and support your overall health. It is important to know the difference between good and bad fats.  Monounsaturated fats along with polyunsaturated fats are good fats.  These fats contain double bonds which makes them liquid at room temperature.  Some examples of monounsaturated fats are olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, avocados, olives, nuts, and peanut butter.  Some examples of polyunsaturated fats are soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, walnuts, sunflower,

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flaxseed, fatty fish, soymilk, and tofu.  These fats are great for your heart, they lower your bad cholesterol, and they help your overall health.  Bad fats are saturated or trans fats.  Over consumption of these fats increase your risk for chronic disease as well as elevate your cholesterol.  Saturated and trans fats are solid at room temperature.  Some examples of saturated fats are high fat cuts of meat, chicken with skin, whole fat dairy products, butter, ice cream, palm and coconut oil, and lard.  Some examples of trans fats are commercially baked pastries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, pizza dough, packaged snack foods, margarine, shortening, fried foods, and candy bars.

Here at Shane Weight Loss Camp, we recognize that it is important to make sure that you increase your consumption of good fats and lower your consumption of bad fats.  20 to 35% of people’s daily calories should be from fats.  Saturated fat should be limited to 10% of your total calories or 200 calories if you are consuming a 2,000 calorie diet.  Trans fat should be limited to 1% of your total calories or 2 grams per day for a 2,000 calorie diet.  Read labels and be smart.  Eat good fats! It is okay to eat fats as long as they are the right kind!