The Smart-point program reduces the penalty for fat consumption relatively to the previous Points-plus system. Healthy fats are found in natural products like olives, avocados, seeds, nuts, fish, and animal proteins. Unhealthy fats are usually found in processed foods. Healthy fats provide energy, contribute to building cells and hormone optimization, and facilitate vitamin absorption. Probably, you have already consumed enough fats with your proteins. However, in order to lose weight, you should make differentiate between healthy and unhealthy fats.
Saturated fats are found in animal fat, like a full-fat dairy and fat on meat products. This type of fat is natural but you should limit your consumption. The reason for doing this is the fact that saturated fats increase the amount of harmful cholesterol in the blood and that leads to restricted blood flow. Another negative consequence is decreasing the body’s efficiency in removing toxins from your blood.
Hydrogenated fats or trans-fats are the worst types of fats; you should avoid them as much as you can. Trans-fats consumption is strongly correlated with many health issues in general and heart problems in particular. This type of fat is used in processed foods to make them last longer. Also, it is found in packaged foods; store bought baked foods and fried foods.
Mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are best types of fats you can find. So, monounsaturated fat helps lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol but still can lead to weight gain if consumed too much. Usually found in olive oil, peanut oil, and avocado oil.