Can Eating Fat Really Make You Gain Weight?

Mood, cognitive function, learning, and memory can be improved by eating more high-quality fats.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterUpdated at: Nov 18, 2022 11:07 IST
Can Eating Fat Really Make You Gain Weight?

There are myths related to fats. The biggest one is that eating fats will make you fat and  your heart health will worsen.

Excessive eating of the wrong kind of fat can make you gain weight. But that's not the whole story.

Fats are of two types:

Bad Fats

The foods that contain ‘unhealthy fat' are those that have been processed, refined, or fried. Unhealthy fat includes inflammatory vegetable oil and trans fats. Increasing the overall intake of bad fats can lead to weight gain and increased inflammation. The majority of chronic diseases that we can imagine involve inflammation. 

Good Fats

Natural dietary sources are regarded as excellent sources of fat. We can get mono and polyunsaturated fats from natural food items. Consuming these fats can improve cholesterol levels. The most popular sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseeds, almonds, walnuts, salmon, chia seeds, and salmon.

Also read: What Is Good Fat and Bad Fat? Check Out Tips To Include Fat In Your Healthy Diet

Other Benefits Of Good Fat

Mood, cognitive function, learning, and memory can be improved by eating more high-quality fats.

Lack of omega-3 fatty acids has also been linked with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, anxiety, and depression.

Good fatty acids stimulate metabolism, and fat burning, decrease hunger and help to reverse type 2 diabetes.

These fats can enhance good (HDL) cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. The human body cannot produce the fatty acids found in fats on its own. Our Brain needs a regular supply of fatty acids to be healthy because it is primarily made up of fats.

Four of the vitamins are fat-soluble: vitamins A, D, E, and K. This indicates that only in the presence of wholesome and beneficial sources of fat can the body absorb these nutrients from meals.

Consuming enough fats can support hormonal equilibrium. Extremely low-fat diets might cause hormonal problems and may put women at higher risk for infertility.

Also read: Are You Consuming Ample Amount Of Good Fats? Get Them From These Natural Sources

Healthy sources of Fats That we can Include In Our Daily Diet

  • Olives and olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • Flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds
  • Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna
  • Ghee