Low fat diets made us fat. That's a fact.
It now seems very clear that we need to eat fat to burn fat. But before you get your head stuck in a bucket of fried chicken, let me qualify that with some facts about fat.
If you work directly with me, you know I like to say that there is no "bad" real food, only junk foods (invented in factories) and real foods (from nature). So-called "vegetable" oils, which are really grain oils (corn, soybean, canola, etc.) are highly processed to become shelf-stable and as a result, become very inflammatory in your body. So although they sound like real food, I do not consider them to be. Yes, we have been sold another lie by industry.
Moving on... healthy, naturally-occurring fats like coconut oil, butter, fish, olive and nut oils are easily recognized by our bodies as real food and can be very nourishing to your cells, particularly the ones working hard to make sense of all of this in your brain right now.
My favorite fat is a derivative of coconut oil that they call MCT oil.
MCT stands for "mid chain triglyceride". I know that sounds bad because we're conditioned to believe that triglycerides are something counted in a blood test to determine our cardiac destiny. But here are the cliff notes on MCTS:
MCTS are largely missing from the typical Western Diet. These mid-chain fats are more easily digested than LCTs (you guessed it: long chain triglycerides) because they do not require bile digestion but are sent directly to the liver, where they raise your metabolism and are burned as fuel instead of being stored as fat.
I bet I have your attention now!
Where does one get MCTs? Primarily from coconut oil.
I'm going to out myself now and admit that I'm a BIG fan of Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil because it's the best quality MCT oil on the market and 18x stronger than regular coconut oil. I've been drinking my morning cup of coffee with butter and Brain Octane Oil for 4 years now and I love it. I love the way it tastes and the way it powers my brain.
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Eating good fat also helps you feel satisfied and sends the signal to your brain to stop eating by triggering a hormone called leptin.
Leptin is produced by fat cells so the fatter you are, the more leptin you have circulating in your body which means that your brain may stop listening to the signal to stop eating. You never feel satisfied and you can always eat. Probably you feel sluggish and irritable too.
They call this "leptin resistance", which seems to lead straight to "insulin resistance", a precursor to diabetes. So... if you are on that track you need to lower your intake of sugar ASAP and avoid eating starchy carbs and grains. The addition of MCT oil to your diet will increase leptin sensitivity and get your appetite back into the realm of reality.