Weight gain is not something you plan to have. In some cases, you just cannot avoid it.
One current study by the Unit for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at Uppsala Science Park in Sweden reveals that the extra calories from unsaturated fats may defer the incidence of heart problems due to weight gain. If that is true, then you do not have to limit your diet.
When you put on additional pounds especially if you are lean, the risk of heart issues decreases. This only occurs if your diet plan is composed of mostly unsaturated fat foods.
If you are young and lean, gaining 3 pounds can raise the markers of heart condition risk factors such as insulin resistance and signs of weakened vascular performance. In the short run, you are not going to have major health issues. Nevertheless, putting on weight gradually can be harmful when most of the fats are accumulated in the belly.
Surprisingly, cholesterol levels improved with unsaturated fats despite the fact that the subjects had gained weight and increased their calorie intake.
During the study, two groups of young healthy participants were given 2 types of muffins for seven weeks. One group received polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) muffins while the other group ate saturated fat muffins. All else remained the same even their fitness and eating routines.
When the study ended, all the subjects gained weight an average of 3.5 pounds per person. Their blood pressure levels showed little changes.
Compared to the group with saturated fats, the cholesterol and lipid levels for the group with polyunsaturated fat muffins were lower. The cholesterol levels shot up for the saturated fat group.
Both groups manifested increased insulin resistance, suggesting the warning signs of the initial phase of diabetes.
Fat are typically stored in the abdomen and liver. But the liver and abdomen are less likely to store fats when your high calorie diet consists of primarily unsaturated fats.
The responses of liver to unsaturated and saturated fats are not the same. The liver picks up cholesterol from the blood under the influence of unsaturated fats.
You may consume huge quantities of calories, which certainly make you fat. No doubt, weight gain can be prevented. Yet, the study highlights the value of unsaturated fats in your diet which calorie intake is of little importance.
Instead of eating dairy items or fatty meats which are rich with saturated fats, choose nuts and vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and canola oil that are good sources of polyunsaturated fats.