Myth 10 Eating fat makes you fat
This one seems somewhat logical. The more fat we eat, the more fat we store on our body. It’s the same word, right?
The reality is that fat is not the enemy—our overconsumption of calories in general is. Sure, eating a lot of fat-laden foods like fried foods, burgers, and deep-dish pizza can be one cause for your ever-expanding waistline, but so can chowing down on potatoes, Sour Patch Kids, and bagels, all of which have almost zero fat.
If you’re trying to lose weight, demonizing and avoiding fat is not the answer. Choosing the right fats can help keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer periods of time. Pair it with a lean protein source—also great for fighting off cravings—and you’ll be less likely to find your hand in the cookie jar between meals. In fact, moderate amounts of fat in the diet have been shown to be more beneficial for weight loss than low-fat diets.13,14
Try your best to prioritize monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, and fish. Saturated fats, like those found in eggs and animal proteins aren’t necessarily bad for you, but they don’t offer up as many health benefits as unsaturated fats.
Here, as elsewhere on this list, moderation is key. Avoid thinking in absolutes and keep your BS meter up and running at all times!