Focus on the “F” WORD: Fats

By Dennis Franks, Executive Vice President

Traditional diets focus solely on the number on the scale with most of the weight loss coming from water and muscle. TLS Weight Loss Solution, however, focuses on loss of body fat. TLS Weight Loss Solution emphasizes obtaining healthy body composition to increase the amount of muscle versus fat (thus the slogan “muscle dictates metabolism”). To obtain a healthy body composition, TLS Weight Loss Solution emphasizes the importance of combining low-glycemic eating with exercise.

The “F” word isn’t always bad! One of the most important distinctions to master is “good” fats versus “bad” fats. Total Fat listed on a food label is made up of saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fat. Saturated fats are fats that are solid at room temperature. We do not count calories with TLS, but saturated fats should be 25 percent or less of the total calories of the food you consume. Some examples of saturated fats include butter, coconut oil, lard, meats, dairy products and processed foods. Coconut oil and red meat are OK to consume on occasion, but they are still considered a saturated fat.

You can consume saturated fats on TLS. After all, you have been eating dairy products and meats. People who follow a vegetarian diet may not get saturated fats from meats or dairy, so they may use coconut oil more often. Remember, you probably didn’t become overweight because you were consuming too much coconut oil! Processed foods are typically the culprit behind people eating a diet high in saturated fat.

Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and are broken down into polyunsaturated and monounsaturated categories on your food label. Polyunsaturated fats are good fats found in oily fish, grain products and soybeans. There are two polyunsaturated fats that are constantly in the news headlines: omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are those found in fish and seafood and have been touted as having significant health benefits. Omega 6 fatty acids are found in sunflower and safflower oil and have been found to have cardiovascular benefits when consumed in a proper ratio with omega 3s.

Monounsaturated fats are the best fats of all and have numerous health benefits. These are typically the good fats you are eating on your TLS program. These fats are found in foods like salmon, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds.

Trans fats are very unhealthy and should be avoided completely from your diet. Trans fats are often listed on the labels as hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils. Food manufacturers will convert a liquid fat into a solid fat by adding hydrogens or hydrogenating the fat. Trans fats are found in many processed foods and are added to keep foods moist and to maintain their form as they sit on the shelves in the stores. They have negative health effects, such as lowering your good cholesterol and contributing to heart disease and cardiovascular problems.

The TLS Health Guide (Code: 6560 I C6560) also has a detailed list of fats, along with a plethora of other information about nutrition. With TLS Weight Loss Solution, knowledge is power. You are what you eat and you will no longer be overfed and undernourished!