For good health, the type of fat people eat is far more important that the amount, and there’s some evidence that the same may be true for weight control.
In a NIH Nurses’ Health Study, for example, which followed 42,000 middle-age and older women for eight years, increased consumption of unhealthy fats, trans fats (a trans-fatty acid, which is the worst fat you can eat) especially, but also saturated fats (a type of fat containing a high proportion of fatty acid molecules without double bonds, considered to be less healthy than unsaturated fat), was linked to weight gain, but increased consumption of healthy fats, monounsaturated fat (fat molecules that have one unsaturated carbon bond in the molecule, this is also called a double bond) and polyunsaturated fat (fat molecules that have more than one unsaturated carbon bond in the molecule, this is also called a double bond), was not.
In my How To Lose Weight While Avoiding Fad Diets blog post, I explain how a animal-based diet is horrible for your body. To update those of you who haven’t read it, people who are eating your typical keto diet will be eating primarily trans fats and saturated fats, which is setting themselves up for failure and diseases in the long-term.
Some research presented at an American Heart Association conference, found that plant-based monounsaturated fats, like those found in vegetable oils, avocados, nuts and seeds, are associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease and other illnesses.
On the other hand, animal-based monounsaturated fats, like those found in meat, dairy and eggs, are associated with higher risk!
Many associates and doctors in the department of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have observed a beneficial role of monounsaturated fats for the prevention of cardiovascular and total mortality when plant-based foods are the primary sources.
Harvard studies found patterns in the dietary data of almost 100,000 people that they followed for about 22 years with completed food questionnaires every 4 years. During the follow-ups, more than 20,600 people died, roughly 4,500 from heart disease.
The people who ate lots of plant fats had a 16% lower risk of dying compared to those with lower intakes, while the people who ate lots of animal fats had a 21% higher risk compared to those who didn’t eat that many animal fats.
They suspected that the main reason behind these findings was the fact that other nutrients are found in plant foods. Plant sources of monounsaturated fats are typically rich in vitamins, polyphenols and polyunsaturated fats - longer-chain fats which are known to be heart-healthy. Sources of animal fats, on the other hand, tend to contain lots of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can contribute to heart disease and other complications in the arteries.
All in all, animal fats have been shown to be correlated with weight gain, and they also place you at a higher risk of dying from heart-related diseases! This means that replacing animal fats with plant fats, you’ll be helping your weight-loss goals and keeping your heart healthy at the same time!!
I figured that it was important to explain the different types of fats that people consume and show the long-term results of people who obtained their fats from different sources. This is VERY important information!
Take this info and run with it. If you’re a vegan, then you don’t have much to worry about, but you should still keep from consuming too many plant oils.
On the other hand, if you aren’t a vegan, I’d do your best to lower you animal fat intake to the best of your abilities. The more plant fats you start to incorporate, the better your heart will function and the less fat your body will retain.
And for those of you who are wanting help with your weight-loss journey, my newest e-book “Vegan Weight-Loss Made Easy” literally gives you an in-depth road map to sustainable weight-loss!
Anyways, hope this helped give you some motivation to make some small changes in your diet. I’m here to help you with ANY questions, so if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact me and subscribe to this website with the form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!