Fact or Fiction: The Avocado
More and more I have been hearing that eating avocados will make you gain weight. Typically from women I hear this quite often, ‘I restrict my fat and carbs because I don’t want to gain weight’. Which, couldn’t be and further from the truth, and how the body processes different food macronutrients!
First things first, consuming fats and carbs will not make you fat alone. Eating anything to excess will cause weight gain, but having an adequate amount of these macros in your diet will not make you gain weight. Fat and carbs in the diet play a very important role in the day to day functions of the body, that without them will make things a lot more difficult for you. And what I mean by this is that you will feel fatigued, stressed, run-down, sore, the works.
The Role of Fat in the Human Body
Fat in your body has certain roles that when you take a look at them, you will come to realize just how important it really is. First, fat provides an energy reserve! Typically, carbohydrates are utilized as the primary fuel and energy source for our bodies. But, when the reserve of carbs that held in the muscles, glycogen, is depleted, your body will then proceed to use fat as your primary source of energy.
Second, fat plays the lead role in helping our bodies absorb certain types of vitamins. These vitamins are: A, D, E, and K, these specific vitamins are often referred to as fat-soluble vitamins. What the heck does that mean? Simply, for our bodies to absorb and make use of those vitamins we need to consume fat at an adequate daily amount for these vitamins to do their job in our bodies. So without proper fat supplementation in our daily diets, our bodies cannot process vitamins properly.
Third, fat cells are stored in adipose tissue, maintaining a level of essential fat in our bodies is necessary because it provides insulation. Without essential fat, our bodies will not be able to easily stay at optimal temperature. This is problematic because if we cannot maintain our temperature by having essential fat on our bodies, they will go into overdrive forcing us to shiver to produce warmth. Beyond that, having fat that surrounds our vital organs is incredibly important because it helps to protect our organs from impacts that would be damaging and or life threatening.
Fat from Avocados
The fat that comes from avocados is not high in cholesterol, thus making it a healthy fat option. Eating anything to excess will cause weight gain, but if you eat half or even a whole avocado a day, you will be perfectly fine. If you are trying to gain muscle, then the extra calories from the fat in avocados will ensure you are gaining weight fast while you are building strength.
Now that you know how important it is to include fat in your daily diet, try using avocados to fill that void. You will see how much your daily functions improve from the amount of vitamins this fruit packs, along with the added fat to your diet!