It is quite simple: Every person has a daily average of calories/kilojoules that they must consume in order to maintain their energy levels. This energy may come from fats, carbohydrates and proteins.Sādhaka wrote:My understanding is that good fats like coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter, ghee, avocado, etc. actually help you to manage weight.Dharma Flower wrote:Since I am watching my weight, I can't justify all the fat and empty calories in coconut oil. Next time, if I want to spread something on my toast, it will be with non-fat cream cheese. If I use coconut oil again, it will be a small amount to grease a frying pan for cooking.
The name "fat" in good fats can be misleading making you think that you'll get fat by eating them; but it's not the case.
Also when you read the nutrition info on the label of foods, the label almost never includes the micronutrients, bioflavonoids, etc. giving the wrong impression that the food in question is only empty calories.
If one consumes less energy than they expend, they will lose weight.
If one consumes more energy than they expend, they will gain weight.
Regardless of which food group the energy comes from. Regardless of what sort of diet (vegetarian, vegan, ominvore, paleo) they prefer.
Now, of course, there are minimum daily consumption levels of some foods like proteins (for muscle repair/building), fiber (for correct gut functioning), fat (for brain function and blood vessel flexibility), minerals, vitamins, etc...
But ultimately there is no good or bad fat. There is a correct quantity of fat that must be consumed on a daily basis. There is a correct quantity of carbohydrates that must be consumed on a daily basis. Things go wrong when we over-consume one or the other (or both).