Fat Burning Diets. Here's What You Need To Know!

Of course, as with so many diets out there, the effectiveness of fat burning diets can often be exaggerated a great deal. For example, it is often claimed that fat burning diets reduce the risk of heart attacks, and yet one of the biggest studies ever conducted suggests otherwise, in that a low fat diet does not lower the risk. Likewise, low fat diets don't protect you against breast or colon cancer either.

However, if your aim is primarily weight loss, then evidence does suggest that fat burning diets are highly effective.

Some important things to bear in mind with regards to fat, is that eating fat doesn't make you fat, fat is necessary for proper nerve function, fat is necessary for hormone production, and fat is necessary for various other bodily functions. While your diet should consist of between 30 and 35% fat, it's important to realize that you should only eat certain fats.

For example, Trans-fats increase LDL levels (Low Density Lipoproteins), which is essentially the bad cholesterol. At the same time, they also lower HDL levels (High Density Lipoproteins), the good cholesterol which is vital for proper brain function. By contrast, a high ratio of LDL to HDL is a contributor to the risk of heart disease. LDL accumulates in the arteries, hardening them and making them narrow. Trans fat calories should account for no more than 1% of a diet.

Another culprit with regards to the narrowing of arteries caused by too much LDL, are saturated fats and here again, they should account for no more than 7% of calories.

To the contrary, monounsaturated fats actually help your body carry out various vital processes but without contributing to the problems caused by the other fats mention above.

Even though certain fats are necessary, high fat diets are still not recommended, even if it only contains "good" fats.

Bear in mind, a single gram of fat will produce 9 calories, unlike protein or carbohydrates which only produce 4 calories per gram. As you can see, fat is "high energy" food, in that it's loaded with calories. So' we're back to the golden rule of weight loss, in that the more calories you consume, the more weight you will gain. Reducing fat intake is one of the easiest ways to loose weight.

The best place to start is to start choosing your meat wisely, in that you should always opt for low fat meat. Likewise, you should cut back on the amount of milk you drink, and while nuts are exceptionally healthy, many contain high amounts of fat, and as such, they should be eaten sparingly.

This is a great way to ensure your fat intake remains below 65 grams, based on a 2000 calorie diet. In other words, this ensures that no more than 30% of your daily calorie intake is from fats. Of course, if you're on a really restrictive diet with regards to calorie intake, you'll need to reduce fat consumption even more.

Most importantly, everyone has different nutritional requirements and as such, the advice in this article should be seen as a guide only. For example, there's a significant difference between the nutritional requirement of an adult, and those of a teen. If in doubt, always speak to your doctor first.