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Two differences between fat and sugar. What makes you fat?

If you’re trying to cut fat from your figure then it makes sense to cut fat from your diet, right? Wrong. Eating more fat doesn’t mean that you’re going to get fat, eating more sugar does though.

This basic information isn’t as well-known as it should be. So many people are still making fat public enemy number one. This is because early research into the topic was skewed to show that excess fat consumption caused weight gain and heart disease rather than sugar and we’ve been believing it ever since.

Here are a few points about why fat doesn’t make you fat.

The real culprit is sugar

sugar addiction

“Sugar is the new tobacco” according to Professor Simon Capewell. It’s easy to think that this is just using scare tactics to try to reduce the amount of sugar that everyone is eating, but he does have a point. Sugar is an addictive substance that causes smaller but similar effects as addictions to cocaine and morphine, so the saying that sugar is as addictive as cocaine isn’t actually far from the truth.

There are a few different ways that high sugar foods lead to weight gain, with the main two being that it doesn’t keep you full for very long and that eating lots of sugar causes insulin resistance. One effect of insulin resistance is that energy in the bloodstream gets stored as fat rather than being used, so you’re hungry again and eat more. It’s a vicious cycle.


Good fat? It exists!

Some people might be surprised that there is such thing as good fat. This doesn’t mean that you should go and eat a stick of butter right now, but don’t be afraid of fat!

The best fats to have in your diet are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These can be found in vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish and are liquid at room temperature. The unhealthier fats are trans and saturated fats that turn solid at room temperature, so things like butter, hard cheese, and fatty cuts of meat.

These good fats help your body absorb certain vitamins and provide essential fatty acids that the body can’t make itself.

As long as you’re keeping the amounts of saturated and trans fats that you consume to a minimum, having fat in your diet isn’t unhealthy at all.

Fats are an essential part of your diet. Once you’ve been exercising for about 20 minutes, your body begins to rely on your fat stores as an energy source. If you want to lose weight, then cut out unhealthy sugar rather than healthy fats. Cutting out fat only means that you’ll be limiting how hard you can work in your next gym session because you’re depriving yourself of nutrients!