Look, I know that most of you guys who lift weights and exercise are “fitness” enthusiasts and “health” buffs. Unfortunately these same people mostly tend to buy into societal fads about diet, trends on the latest food advice etc. and often without doing research beyond watching the ad on TV or on the news.
Bad news is that society doesn’t always want what’s good for you. Actually who wants you to be healthy? Who the hell is gonna buy all those prescription drugs forgodsakes!
And sadly one of those so called fads is that consuming animal fat is SO dangerous to your health and fitness. Now what we don’t know is that ever since this fad became popular, morbidity and mortality rates rose tremendously. Well perhaps that was just a coincidence? Perhaps?
Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years. But while Americans have dutifully reduced the percentage of daily calories from saturated fat since 1970, the obesity rate during that time has more than doubled, diabetes has tripled, and heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer. Now a spate of new research, including a meta-analysis of nearly two dozen studies, suggests a reason why: investigators may have picked the wrong culprit. Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fat does—a finding that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year.Follow @AboutLifting
And haven’t you noticed that we we’re healthier back in those days when we embrace steaks, eggs, and pork? And Have you seen how people from Europe and some parts of Asia devour all those BAD, BAD animal fats yet they have dramatically lower morbidity and obessity rates? And here’s one study you won’t believe:
Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease
Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.
Animal fat consumption is imperative for anyone who lifts weights and expects results. For one your body cannot produce testosterone without cholesterol and it is where your muscles get most of its supply of energy to fuel the recuperative process after every brutal workout. So if vanity is keeping you from consuming saturated animal fats fearing that “it will kill you” then it must suck to be you.
I mentioned before that your workouts are like digging a hole in the ground and after that you need to fill it up with EXTRA dirt on top. Cholesterol is important because it basically is the “dirt” that your body uses to fill the hole up.
So basically not consuming fats is a surefire way to not make any progress at all instead you would just continue to regress every training session. AND it will not help you lose fat either!
So go ahead and don’t shy out of eating your bacons, kebabs, egg yolks, chicken skins, avocados, walnuts, virgin coconut oil and butter! For frying butter or virgin coconut oil are actually better options than your regular synthetic omega6 ridden vegetable oils. Also you must get at least a gram of fish oil on a daily basis.
You must limit you consumption of simple sugars and bread – for carbs you must instead eat rice, rice and lots of rice!
See, Shawn Ray loves rice too!
And try to stay away from these oils – these are the type of fats that society exposes you to but unfortunately these “vegetable” oils actually pose more danger to the human body because of their high Omega 6 content which thumps your Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio causing chronic inflammatory diseases:
Although it could be next to impossible to avoid these in these modern times unless you never buy packaged stuff anymore, taking effort to consume only “real” foods and “real” fats whenever you can will surely make a good difference.
But the point here is this: No fat; No gain! So eat your eggs, people AND eat them with their yolks – if not donate them to me instead! Cheers!