With all the advertising and marketing that surrounds low-Fat foods, you could be forgiven for thinking that you should be stocking up on 0% Milk, and ‘It-isn’t really-butter-but-it-is’, or whatever its called, if you want to get ripped for the summer time. Further, if you were to follow the ‘low-fat’ school of thought, it makes sense to then believe that foods that are high in fats are actually bad for you.
In actual fact, high fat whole-foods are extremely beneficial for us. So much so, that the Swedish Government recently decided to actively promote a diet higher in fat at the expense of the low, high carb diet. Check out more about this here.
Now, don’t get me wrong, packets of Taytos are not going to give you the effect you want on the six-pack. Neither will deep fried foods, or Mars bars. What I’m talking about here is some real natural foods that are brimming with goodness like avocados, egg yolks, nuts, and coconut oil to name but a few. Fat in the diet does not equal love handles. Love handles come from high sugar foods, processed foods, and foods that have been deep fat fried.
Anyway, I know why you are here. You want to look good on the beach this summer. So here are some pointers that you can implement immediately to get off the low fat bandwagon, and start burning body fat like its going out of fashion.
- Step away from the breakfast cereals, and go for a high fat, high protein breakfast. An omelets with vegetables is a great option here
- Snack on some nuts (cashew nuts, brasils, walnuts) during the day instead of eating fruit all the time.
- Eat your high-carb meals after a workout. This is when your body can use the carbs best. Otherwise, aim for more fat and protein in your meals.
Now get to it! And remember, fat in the diet, does not equal fat on the body. Pick the right foods, and your results in the gym will go through the room.
This Article is By Ainle Ó Cairealláin MSc CSCS
Ainle is Owner of ACLAÍ Health and Performance, and strength and conditioning coach for the Cork Senior Football team. In the past he has worked with Adelaide Crows Football Club in Australia, lectured in the University of Limerick PE and Sports Science Department, has contributed to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and also works as a tutor with Strength and Conditioning Institute, Setanta College.
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