While fat has double the calories of carbs or proteins, it’s no reason to cut it out of your weight loss plan completely. Here’s why:

1. Dietary fat does not determine body fat

That’s right, according to Harvard researchers in the US. And with other studies revealing that there are no dramatic weight differences between those on low-fat, low-carb and very low-carb diets, researchers say a personalised approach to our health is the best way to go about weight loss. As an example, looking at the way the body responds to glucose or carbohydrates through insulin-level-testing has been found to allow experts to provide a customised nutritional approach to weight loss.

2. Your body needs a moderate amount of fat to slim down

When you’re not getting enough dietary fat, your body stores fat, suggesting you need some fat to achieve weight loss. That’s supported by a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which found that women who followed a moderate-fat diet shed an average of 5.9kg more compared with those on a low-fat diet (they kept the kilos off, too!).

3. Some fats keep us full, boosting our chances of weight loss

So, if you’re feeling peckish, snack on a handful of nuts to keep your tummy feeling full. Packed with monounsaturated fat (the good kind), nuts offer a range of body benefits to boot!

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