When people seek out a personal trainer, they’ll often want to use a nutritional coach in conjunction with their training to start their lifestyle change for real results. One of the hottest topics these folks are concerned about is fat, and how their food and caloric intakes are impacting how they look and how they feel. What we want to clear the air about is good fat versus bad fat, and how important good fats actually are for your body. While avoiding bad fats is a great idea, abstaining from good fats is abstaining from nutrition your body really needs.
 
According to the US Department of Agriculture and their 2005 Dietary Guidelines, which still ring true today, adults should get around 10% minimum of their daily caloric intake from good fats. Ideally, this number should be up around 25-30%, but this doesn’t mean you should start binging on potato chips. In reality, however, the average American will get around 40% of their daily caloric intake from fat, and not the good kind, which gives you longer training sessions resulting in fewer changes.
 
There are two main types of fats to pay attention to – saturated fats and unsaturated fats. The good kind, the kind that you should be seeking out to make up around 30% of your daily caloric intake, are the unsaturated fats, and you’ll find these in the form of fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats. When these fats replace saturated fats in your diet, you’ll find that your heart attack disease risk is reduced, your cholesterol lowers, and brain fog is lifted. You can find unsaturated fats in foods like:
 
• Vegetable oils
• Salmon
• Catfish
• Trout
• Nuts
 
In the American diet, unfortunately, you look on a store shelf and see more convenient saturated fat options than unsaturated fat options, which is why so many find themselves eating more fats, and more of the fats that aren’t great for them. Saturated fats and trans fatty acids are found in everything from poultry skin to potato chips, and according to the American Heart Association, they should be left to only about 7% of your daily caloric intake. Not all saturated fats are created equal, either, and artificial trans fats should be avoided more than the naturally occurring types you may find in meat or dairy products. The trans fats in these naturally occurring sources are much smaller than the artificial sorts you will find in sweets or processed snacks.
 
To learn more about good fat versus bad fat, call now for 3 Risk Free, Complimentary Sessions. Our personal training facility employs two on-staff certified nutritionists to provide our clients with unlimited nutritional coaching to go along with their unlimited personal training, ensuring only the best results. We include a 30 day guarantee on all of our packages.
 
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