Know Your Lipid (Fat) Requirements!

So many people bang on about their protein this, protein that, how Carbs are a no go and fat…well fat will make you fat! Bull…that’s utter rubbish, in fact Carbs are your bodies preferred energy source, so if you don’t have any you’ll leech from your muscles eventually, and as for fat, research has shown that a drip feeding of fat into your system via your diet can actually boost the fat burning process.

For many reasons, we should probably have an idea as to how much fat we should be getting in. Remember there are the good (mono and polyunsaturated fats), less good (saturated fats) and bad fats (trans fats), and optimising their ratios by consuming regular plant based fats e.g. nuts and seeds, as well as animal sources such as oily fish is vitally important.

Aim for 1-1.5g fat per kg bodyweight e.g. 80kg male = 80-120g fat per day. An ideal healthy fat source delivering optimal ratio's of omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids is Optimum Health Omega Oil Blend.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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