“Does eating healthy fat cause body fat and weight gain?” is a question I receive a lot. Especially with all the high fat, high protein diet trends out there, of which I used to be a big proponent too! Until one day it stopped working for me.
My liver had reached it’s cut off point, regardless of the “healthy” fat in my diet, and an onslaught of symptoms ensued, body pain, fatigue, hot flashes, brain fog, weight gain, rashes, ugh! You’ll see more about the liver cut off point below.
So, having created a free Detox Starter Guide for you, “The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Detox… and 3 simple steps to jumpstart yours right NOW!” I thought we should talk a bit about how fats fit into your detox for radiance lifestyle.
And yes indeed, healthy fat can cause body fat and weight gain, and here’s why!
Like I mentioned in the Detox Starter Guide, it’s crucial to focus on the liver and how to best support this organ so it can eliminate toxins and still process the foods we eat.
Fats and proteins are the hardest foods for the liver to process. Although plant-based fats are definitely easier!
So when your liver is holding onto a lot of toxins to protect you, and you’re consuming a lot of fat in your diet, it doesn’t get much of a break to do it’s important work of purging toxins. When this happens, the liver continues holding onto these toxins for you to literally save your life.
At some point your liver will reach it’s cut off point. We’re all different so this occurs at different times. When it does, your liver will start storing these excess toxins in fluid and fat tissue in the body.
It’s one reason a lot of women wonder as they’re heading into midlife, “Why am I suddenly gaining all of this weight?!”
The Best Healthier Fats
As mentioned in the video, for high heat cooking or baking go with coconut oil or avocado oil, and for salad dressings, extra virgin olive oil is ideal.
Definitely avoid canola, soy and corn as these oils are very inflammatory and also feed pathogens in the body.
If you try this delicious citrus dressing on my blog, you won’t need oil in your salad dressing anymore!
And if you’re looking for protein powders then hemp seed and pumpkin seed are great options, keeping in mind to focus on calories and nutrients though, not protein intake.
Try this detox smoothie for breakfast as it’s incredibly satisfying and nutrient-dense, no protein powder needed.
- Give your liver gratitude for always working so hard for you every single day!
- If you’re having success implementing some of the steps in the Detox Starter Guide, then also consider lowering your overall fat intake by 10 – 25% and see how you feel. If it feels good, then you can keep lowering.
- Make sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and leafy greens. The liver runs on glucose from fruit. Having a balance of mineral salts from foods like celery, cucumber, and leafy greens is ideal for maintaining blood sugar levels. My favorite simple, balanced snack is apple, celery sticks, and a few dates! Of course a simple apple alone is fine too, just keep in mind the mineral salts if you do have blood sugar concerns or symptoms.
It’s important to go slow because detoxing too fast is even harder on the body and causes adrenaline production, which is another toxin the liver soaks up to protect you.
A general rule of thumb is, the more symptomatic you are, the slower you should go. Check-in with your body and always listen to your intuition!
Watch my video below and check out the resources at the end of the post.
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