Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about finding balance. Consuming too much of any protein, carbohydrate, and fat can throw your body off balance. If you are struggling with weight loss or other health symptoms, it could be because your diet is out of whack.
One thing you might be consuming too much of is fat. The American Heart Association states that our bodies need a certain amount of healthy fats to help protect your organs, absorb nutrients and produce hormones. However, too much fat (especially the unhealthy kind) can lead to major health issues.
Here are 7 signs that you may need to adjust your fat level intake:
If you have put on weight or you having a hard time losing weight, you could be consuming too much fat. While healthy fats are essential for a healthy diet, too much of the unhealthy kind leads to weight gain. Opt for healthy fats (like fish, avocado, and nuts) instead of french fries, egg rolls, and fried chicken to loosen the belt.
The cause of high cholesterol is typically a combination of an inactive lifestyle, unhealthy weight and a diet too high in saturated fats. Other factors like age, gender, and genetics can also factor into your cholesterol levels. A diet full of veggies, fruits, and healthy fats may help you reduce your cholesterol levels.
If you are regularly experiencing bouts of heartburn, you could be eating too much fat. Fatty foods and large meals can cause heartburn because the fat sits in your stomach for a long time, creating more irritating acid, that could lead to heartburn.
If you’ve ever come home from an epic night of binging on hot wings and fries and fallen into a stupor-like coma, there’s a reason. According to studies, people who eat 135 grams of fat or more per day were more likely to experience daytime tiredness. The reason: your body starts producing neurohormones that can make you feel tired.
Having trouble concentrating or remembering things? An unhealthy diet could be to blame. According to a Harvard study, a diet high in unhealthy fats can increase LDL cholesterol levels, if the LDL’s build up they can increase your risk of dementia and other memory problems.
Some studies reported a link between fatty foods (saturated fats) and depression. Fatty foods not only make you feel tired, but they can affect your mood too. The reason: your body has to work a lot harder to digest the fat, which can deplete energy sources from other areas of your body.
Arthritis.org reports that foods higher in saturated fats cause inflammation of the joints. If you already have arthritis this can make your bad days even worse. Worse: joint pain and inflammation can indicate a risk of heart disease, so trim down the fat to feel better!