Many of us, even personal trainers like myself, are under the impression that reduced-fat diets mean lower the fat content in their body. This is false. It is important that you eat the lowest fat content possible in foot that contain fats. For example, switching mayonnaise in your sandwich to fat-free cream. The best thing to do is to keep the percentage of fats to fewer than 30 % of total calories per servings.

The myth is that people get fat through fats when it is actually the excess carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the source that provides your energy daily and unless you exercise daily, it is best not to eat a lot of carbohydrates in one sitting. Those carbohydrates that are not used will be turned into fats and you would have to work extra hard to lose them.

Now everywhere you go you will see fat-free signs on food such as ice-cream, milk or even chocolate and people are often mislead into thinking they can have more of it. If the manufacturers took out the fats, he has to substitute it for something else. That is why it is important to know and read your labels.

Saturated and trans fats
These are the ones that are found in fried foods and things like chips. These are the reason why people have high cholesterol and coronary artery disease. Saturated fats can be found in almost all dairy products, meats and eggs. Trans fats are solid and partially solid. However, they are listed as unsaturated because they have a similar function as the saturated fats in many cases.

When you see something that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated cooking oil these foods contain trans fat and should be avoided or at most eaten in small amounts. Examples are chips, fried chicken, crackers, and cookies.

Be sure that the label shows 0 grams of trans fat and 0 grams of saturated fat if you are going to count it as fat free.

It takes 15 minutes to burn up the calories on one piece of bread. That is how much carbohydrates can do to you. Eat more meats, fruits, vegetables to lose weight. Be wary of those items that are boxed, packaged or shrink-wrapped as they would contain preservatives. Check the labels.

Head down to your nearest wet market to get the freshest vegetables, fruits and meats. Start exercising more to burn the carbohydrates by dropping by our fitness bootcamps! (:

Love your life and live it fruitfully.

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