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Visibly Fit: Mind, Body & Spirit!

by Wendie Pett, Fitness and Lifestyle expert

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Are you consumed with the idea of staying as far away from fat as possible -- only purchasing foods that say low-fat, no-fat and skim?
truth about fats and your diet
Take a look the next time you are at the grocery store and you will see that the "low-fat, no-fat" marketing plan is being used by just about every food manufacturer.

You may not realize that your body actually requires a small amount of fat to be healthy and to create energy. If you do not consume fat then your body will not be able to transport vitamins throughout the body and regulate cholesterol levels effectively.

Not all fats are bad.

Unsaturated fats (from plants) are considered to be healthier than saturated fats (most are animal-derived). The National Academy of Science states that your fat calories should only make up 30 percent of your total daily calories and that a gram of fat has 9 calories. The average women should not consume more than 60-75 grams daily and the average man no more than 90 grams daily.

Of course if you are looking to release weight then that number should be less because your caloric intake should be less. I personally maintain a diet of around 20-25 percent fat, 35-45 percent protein and the remainder with unrefined carbohydrates such as whole grains, root vegetables, legumes and fresh fruits.

As you may be overly obsessed with consumed fats, you should try to focus on ways to minimize the consumption without ridding them completely. Also, find ways to burn fat naturally. Incorporate muscle building exercises, such as my Visibly Fit program, so you can burn an increase of fat allowing you to reap the body sculpting benefits.

Keep in mind that for a pound of muscle to exist, it burns 35 calories a day. Only 2 calories are burned for a pound of fat to exist. So, eat clean but balanced and build muscle to find your perfect physique. You will soon discover that a small amount of the good fats will keep you healthy, not fat.

WENDIE PETT is a mother and fitness expert, the author of Every Woman's Guide to Personal Power and co-author of The Miracle Seven. She's a personal trainer/coach and conducts seminars to corporate groups to help teach others how to maximize their wellness through the balance of mind, body, and spirit. For more information on Wendie visit www.wendiepett.com.

@ 1:36pm ET on November 15, 2008
I try to stay away from low fat, no fat and light products - often they use chemicals to replace the fat. So for me I limit my fat intake cause I am losing weight, but if I am having fat I use the real stuff, just a little of it!! I appreciated this info! Patty

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