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PITFALL 4 FEARING ALL FATS

There’s one point I can’t drive home enough: Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. However, it’s important to note that not all fats are created equal. Trans fats and excess saturated fats are bad for you because they have the potential to raise your “bad” LDL cholesterol, and may even increase your risk for heart disease.

Avoid It! Eat the Right Fats

Instead of fearing all fats, turn to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which have the potential to lower LDL cholesterol, and may even reduce your risk of heart disease. Essential fats like omega-3 fatty acids also provide a number of benefits to your physique and performance goals, so they’re not to be missed.

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While healthy fats like omega-3s and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) can help you burn fat, moderation is key. When you think about the fat you eat on a daily basis—almonds, fatty fish, oils, and seeds—you’ll see that the calories in a high-fat diet add up pretty fast. In the game of numbers, fats carry roughly nine calories per gram, so be aware of how many you consume.

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