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Fats are calorie dense foods but they will not make you fat if you are eating a balanced diet. Many times when people go fat free they actually increase their chances of gaining weight. Fats do have more calories per gram then proteins or carbohydrates but they are a necessary ingredient in a healthy diet. Fats, especially monounsaturated fats, keep your brain and heart healthy. They also promote satiety and keep you full for long periods of time. Natural nut butters, seeds and nuts, olives, and olive oil are examples of healthy fats.
Fat may have more calories per gram than protein or carbs, but that doesn't mean eating fat makes you fat, says Dr. Oz. In this video, he shares his two favorite kinds of fat for cooking.
Eating anything in excess can help increase body weight. Fat is essential to our lives as it helps keep us healthy. In order to lose weight, a well-balanced diet (lean proteins, fiber rich carbohydrates and healthy fats) is as important as regular exercise. If you end up eating more calories than your body burns off in a day, it gets stored and you gain weight. When we exercise, we burn off some of the extra calories we’ve taken in which can lead to maintaining our weight or losing weight.
If you’re having a hard time understanding which fats to include in your life and which ones to minimize follow this rule of thumb: fats that come from animals (butter, lard, etc.) are more harmful for the body then helpful; while fats from plants (olive oil, nuts, avocados) are more helpful for the body than animal fats. But remember, if you consume even the healthier fats in large amounts, it will increase your body weight.