Fat is the dreaded, most hated macronutrient. If macronutrients were ranked with medals, I imagine most people would give the gold to protein, the silver reluctantly to carbs, and bronze easily to fat. But you need fat! There’s a very valid reason why the three macros are what they are.
Not only does fat make food taste better (duh), it plays a huge role in a healthy, balanced diet. Fat carries the most calories per gram of the macros (9 calories per gram, a good measure is a thumb sized servicing), but that’s necessary since one of its biggest roles if energy storage. Basically, if you need to use energy soon after eating, fat will be used first, but if it’s not needed, it will be stored in fat tissue until it’s needed. Fat is the primary fuel source for low-intensity movements, the day-to-day stuff like writing this email or washing dishes.
So fat is your friend, you need it! It is so crucial for you to exist that your body knows how to convert excess carbs and protein into fat and store it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat fat, if protein and carbs are being converted to fat, they’re not being used for their intended purposes. Not all fats are created equal though, so don’t use this as an excuse to poor the ranch or butter.
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