Optimum health: Eat your fat, ladies

Fitness expert Richelle Melde

Fitness expert Richelle Melde
(Photo courtesy of Hollye Schumacher Photography)


Most people associate dietary fat with stored body fat, so it’s tough to convince people to eat it, so let’s talk about fat.

First of all, eating dietary fat, which comes from animal and plant sources, does not turn into stored body fat because fats do not stimulate insulin release. Fat cannot be stored without insulin.

You obtain two essential fatty acids from eating fat: linoleic acid and linolenic acid.

These two fatty acids are critical to building hormones called eicosanoids. Without linoleic and linolenic acid, you will not have balanced eicosanoid production, which can lead to more allergies, joint pain, reflux, asthma and other illness.

In an ideal diet, you will eat about 40-50 percent of your calories each day from fat.

1 gram fat = 9 calories
1 gram protein = 4 calories
1 gram of carb = 4 calories

See? Fat is practically magic. Eat it, but eat good fats.

Richelle Melde is the Fitness Expert for News Channel 12 EVB Live show (Phoenix, Ariz.) and has been seen on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, as well as in the AZ Republic and Business Journal. She has a B.S. in Psychology, Sociology and Women’s Studies and is a CHEK Practitioner and Holistic Life Coach.

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