Fat Nutrition

Some Fat Nutrition from Agape Chiropractic

Although eating well isn't “chiropractic”, it is part of a healthy chiropractic lifestyle. That is why we like to bring you nutrition tid bits. This one is about being satisfied.

The macronutrients are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Many diets restrict one of the macronutrients. High carbohydrate diets are also referred to as low fat diets because they restrict fat intake. The Atkins diet restricts carbohydrates and is high in protein and fat. These diets work, but can leave you nutritionally unsatisfied and they usually backfire eventually. That is, eventually people give in to the macronutrients they have deprived themselves of and gain more weight than they lost ending in an overall net gain! This of course is a good thing… if your a chiropractor! Because it increases the demand for your services! Weight gain casuses postural imbalances that cause pain.

For those that have deprived themselves of healthy fats to lose weight, this plan is not about restricting carbohydrates, but rather, consuming healthy fats first to increase dietary satisfaction. I recommend snacking on high fat low sugar foods. But not all fats are created equally.

Chiropractors and other healthcare professionals agree trans fats are bad. When is comes to saturated fats, however, there is much debate. I believe this is because not all saturated fats are equal. Many saturated animal fats will be store houses for toxins like hormones that were injected and pesticides that were in the food they were given. These toxin storehouses are bad not because they are saturated (having no double bonds), but because they store toxins. Having no double bonds is the property that prevents them from becoming trans fats. It is what makes them stable and excellent fats for high temperature cooking and even frying.

Some saturated fats are made with long chain fatty acids; that is, they are large molecules. Others are made with smaller medium chain fatty acids. The smaller fats are easier to break down and use for energy. That is, they are less likely to be stored as fat. This is a good thing if you are concerned about your weight. Consuming these smaller fats is likely to increase your dietary satisfaction and at the same time, increase the use of the fat you consume. It is like putting your body in a fat burning mode.

If you are always hungry and never satisfied for any significant time after eating, try consuming healthy smaller fats before eating your meals. I recommend about a two hundred calorie snack made from mostly smaller saturated fats about twenty minutes before your meal or as a standalone snack between meals. Coconut is high in medium chain fatty acids and is ideal for adding nutritional satisfaction. Be careful not to consume processed coconut products seasoned with sugar. Consult with your chiropractor or other qualified healthcare professional especially if you have heart, blood pressure, and other circulatory problems before making significant changes in your diet.

For a healthy cocount treat recipe, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFKJRd1lmfo .

These healthy nutritional tips are provided courtesy of:

Dr. Michael Haley
Agape Chiropractic
(954) 444-5353

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