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The Role of Fat in Weight Gain

Written by Amber Bignell

Published on Feb 7th, 2017

If you are just starting to try and lose weight, you might be overwhelmed with the different philosophies and “general knowledge” out there. Some of these approaches will say that eating high fat foods is perfectly fine, while others say that you shouldn’t touch them because you will gain weight. What information is correct and what should you be following? Let’s take a look at these questions and figure out what you can look for when it comes to foods that promote health.

What causes weight gain?

One of the most trusted and reliable variables used when measuring weight gain is caloric intake versus caloric expenditure. While we need a certain amount of calories to function and maintain our energy levels, too many of them can be a bad thing. When we take in more calories than we burn, our body is stuck with calories that it can’t turn into fuel. When calories aren’t used as fuel you begin to gain weight. This can become a big problem if we routinely eat more than we burn.

How are fat and calories related?

What does all of this have to do with fat? Here’s the thing: fatty foods are full of calories. In fact, most foods that contain a large amount of fat also contain a higher amount of calories. That’s because the calories in food come from the kinds of substances from which the food is comprised. This means that fats, proteins, and carbohydrates determine just how caloric a particular food is.

When it comes to calorie production, carbohydrates and proteins have four of them per gram. One gram of fat, on the other hand, has nine calories! That is over twice as much as either proteins or carbohydrates, which should illustrate why foods that are high in fat are also predictably high in calories. When people say that fat is a key cause of weight gain, they actually mean that fat tends to be very high in calories. Eating a lot of it means that you are eating a lot of calories.

Now that you know that fatty foods tend to be highly caloric foods, you can take the time to better plan out your meals. Pay attention the caloric and fat content of the foods that you like to eat, and make sure that you aren’t taking in too much of either. You can also add I-REMOVE into your meal plan to help eliminate up to 28% of the fat in your meals, helping you to stay on track and lose weight up to 3 times faster than diet alone!