Write on your doors the saying wise and old. Be bold! and everywhere -- Be bold; Be not too bold! Yet better the excess Than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.Longfellow, American Poet (1807-1882)
And then I heard a statistic – 95% of crash dieters will ultimately gain the weight back, and once I heard that, not becoming the 95% became my new obsession. I visualize a room full of twenty people, and I have to be the *one guy* in that room who keeps it off.
So even though I’d reached my target weight, I continued obsessing on removing all possible fat calories from my diet. While I was avoiding every fat calorie I could however, I would hear from healthy people and the uber-fit that you really do need a healthy dose of healthy fat in your diet, but being so obsessed with not gaining the weight back, it was so difficult for me to wrap my head around it. I had a pretty good idea eating nuts, for example, was good for your diet, but I’d grab a handful of peanuts and all I could think of is FAT, FAT, FAT!
I finally found two articles that really laid it out and helped me make peace with adding a healthy amount of healthy fat to my diet.
In the spirit of “fair use”, I will give you the bullet points and hope they inspire you to read the articles.
8 Cues that You’re Not Eating Enough Fat
• You’re Get-Up-and-Go Has Got-Up-and-Left
• You Have Difficulty Focusing
• You’re Constantly Hungry
• You’re Anxious in Crowds (sounds silly, but there’s an interesting study behind it)
• Your Period is MIA
• Your Memory is Zapped
• You’re Down in the Dumps
• Your Skin is Lack Luster
As a ninth cue, I can also add that on a strict non-fat diet, I noticed my joints cracking more when I was doing push-ups and exercising. It makes perfect sense if you think about it.
Now that we’ve covered the “why” of eating healthy fats, here’s a good top-ten list of the foods that have them:
10 Fatty Foods with Mega Health Benefits
• Avocados (love seeing my favorite at the top of the list)
• Olive Oil
• Peanut Butter
• Almond Butter
• Dark Chocolate
Both articles are well worth the read.