Low-fat food and low-fat diets seem to be the rage today and whilst fats are something that need to be eaten in moderation (I try and keep them to the first half of the day, especially on rest days) eating fat can actually help you lose fat. And this is why:
1. Eating fats actually help keep you full and, therefore, help limit your calorie intake.
2. Low fat foods often replace fats with sugars these are in fact, more likely to cause weight gain.
3. If you don’t eat enough fat your body will burn protein: now, you might think so what?…Well protein helps build muscle and muscle not only give you that toned look but helps keep your metabolism high.
4. If you do not give your body good fats it will be reluctant to release the bad ones that you have accumulated around your gut.
The things that you actually need to eliminate is trans-fats (like fried foods, chocolate bars, cakes etc) and some saturated fats (like butter, cheese, ice cream, the skin of the chicken etc – a little in things like lean meat is good for you) BUT you should get adequate amounts of mono-saturated (olive oil, nuts, avocado, natural no-added sugar or salt, peanut butter etc) and poly-saturated fats (like seeds, soya milk, tofu etc). Don’t take my word for it do some research and see what you find…you’ll be shocked.
TODAY’S FOOD LOG [no food from 7pm-9am]
Post-Workout: all-in-one shake
Breakfast: porridge with mixed seeds, apricot and goji berries followed by Greek yogurt, peach, mixed seeds and goji berries.
Snack 1: 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and a red apple
Snack 2: a carrot
Lunch: lamb and vegtable bolognese with cooked spinach and salad
Snack 1: 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Snack 2: a red apple
Dinner: mussels and octopus soup followed by a poached egg and a packet of beef biltong (it’s like jerky – I’d normally keep this to the first half of the day but I was very hungry).
Snack: 2 tangerines
Evening Shake: Whey protein with milk