You want to lose weight. You’re debating a regimen of diet drugs, exercise and even possibly a change of diet itself in order to lose weight. If you’re considering a change of diet to lose weight but you don’t know what fats are good for you and which are not, consider the following: federal health agencies advise that diets derive no more than 30 per cent of total calories from fat, with saturated fat comprising no more than 10 per cent of recommended fat intake.
There are 4 types of fat: monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, and trans fat. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats. To lose weight, avoid a diet high in saturated fat. Saturated fat is not good for you but becomes a good fat if too much of it is ingested because the body then transforms it to a monounsaturated fat. Avoid trans fats totally in order to lose weight and stay healthy. Trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils is not good for your body. The FDA states that trans fat intake should be as minimal as possible.
Trans fats are placed into foods to increase their shelf life. Some say trans fats reduce human life. Trans fats reduce the HDL (good) cholesterol level yet increase LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Trans fat causes the body’s arteries to become more rigid and, perhaps, clogged. In addition, trans fat may contribute to type 2 diabetes. Reducing Trans fat is not just a “lose weight” issue but a do-or-die issue as well.
On Nutrition Labels, the FDA-approved saturated fat levels are set at 25 grams per 2,500 calories consumed. Trans fat levels are not listed because no regulation requires a listing and the only safe level is zero. You can ascertain the presence of trans fats by watching for the terms “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” on your food labels. On the label of Smart Balance margarine I bought recently was emblazoned “NO TRANS FATTY ACIDS – patented blend to help improve cholesterol ratio – non-hydrogenated.” Also listed were the 3 fat ratios: saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Apparently, Smart Balance is setting the standard for those wanting to lose weight and should be an integral part of your weight loss plans. If you think that diet drugs are a weight loss plan option for you after having consulted with your doctor, research Tenuate diet drugs.