We’ve covered protein, we’ve covered carbohydrates, so it’s only fitting that the third nutrition myth we put to bed rounds out our macronutrients. “Fats are bad for you” is a claim (and myth) that has been around for decades. The first macronutrient to be demonized, it has gone through a bit of a turnaround in recent years with the advent of high fat, low carb diets (the ketogenic diet for example), but the idea still continues to be perpetuated that fats are what ‘make us fat’.
Current evidence suggests that, when calories are controlled, low-fat and low-carb diets produce a similar amount of weight loss. We also know that certain types of fat – notably our Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids – are actually good for our health and necessary in any diet. Even the idea that saturated fat is the ‘main’ driver of cardiovascular diseases has, thus far, been shown to be a myth too.
The only type of fat that has been shown to be detrimental to our health, and should be avoided, is trans fat. Having a little trans fat on occasion isn’t the end of the world, but it should be avoided as much as possible.
Ultimately, fat is no worse for you than carbohydrates or protein – the reason these three are all ‘macro’-nutrients is because we need them all in significant quantities. What we know is that overall calorie intake is going to be far more significant in terms of your health than any individual nutrient.
If you are eating in a caloric surplus, you wont lose weight regardless of your macronutrient breakdown. Before you worry about individual macronutrient consumption, make sure that your energy balance (calories in Vs calories out) is in check. This task in itself is not necessarily to do, but should always be your first port of call. If you need help or advice on how to calculate and control your calorie intake, comment below or send us an email at: email@example.com and we will be happy to help you out!