Nutrition 101: Dietary Fats

Fats are the most energy-dense of the three macronutrients. Dietary fats are also the last of the three major parts of your diet. Fats are probably the most overlooked macronutrient behind protein and carbs because you only need 20 percent of your diet consisting of them. Fats are made up of the same elements as carbohydrates are, but the way the atoms are linked together is different. Oils (like olive oil) are an example of fats that are liquid rather than solid.

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Nutrition 101: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the body’s primary and most easily available source of energy. All carbs are sugars; molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen synthesized by plants through the process of photosynthesis or by animals through the process of glycogen synthesis. Some nice science words in that last sentence right? When I say carbs are sugars I don’t mean table sugar that you would put in coffee or on cereal. Carbs may be the most important part of your diet when you want to burn off excess fat. Some people believe that cutting carbs completely out of your diet will give you the results you want. While in some cases this will work, chances are if you don’t know when carbs are most useful and why they are useful, once you start to eat them again you’ll gain the fat right back.

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