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The image above shows the cover of Time Magazine showing a knob of butter, with the title “Eat Butter – Scientists labelled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong”.  To many this may be a shocking revelation, however to those in the fitness community this is old news, but a fantastic step in the right direction.

For decades now we have been told that fat is the enemy, to eat high carbs and moderate protein. This was based on dietary guidance from the government which many will remember on the old food pyramid you were shown in school. This is further enforced by supermarket products selling low fat “healthy options”, margarine spreads, fat free products and much more.

To some this makes sense, right? If you’re overweight, eat less fat. However fat is an important and essential nutrient required by the body, and there are many healthy fats you can take advantage of. Rather than being scared of eating fat, the focus should be one the right percentage of healthy fats from the right sources.

Many have found that having a high protein, high fat diet, combined with low carbs can have a very positive impact on body composition on a calorie controlled diet, and especially in conjunction with a training programme. Using fat as a primary fuel source seems to encourage the body to burn it’s own fat stores for fuel, which can lead to a reduction in body fat.

Time magazine used the wording “Eat Butter”. Many people who have been eating margarine and low fat spreads for many years will be asking, “what about all the saturated fat?”. Well your body needs a certain amount of saturated fat, and fat from full fat butter from grass fed cows is a healthy source.

As well as the positive impact on body composition, there are other health benefits of a diet complete with healthy fats; more than we can list in this post. However the purpose of this post is not to go through everything in detail,  but to acknowledge that fact the mainstream media is now also picking up on the research, even though it contradicts what many were brought up on the 70s, 80s and 90s. It’s a very positive step in the right direction to educate everyone on complete nutrition.