What is the Difference Between Saturated Fats and Unsaturated Fats

Saturated Fats vs Unsaturated Fats

Many of us have heard the term saturated fats, but we may not understand exactly what saturated fats are, or how they work exactly. While we have been told to avoid saturated fats, most of us don’t know why and moreover, whether unsaturated fats should be avoided as well. Here is some information on the differences between saturated fats and unsaturated fats and how you should use them.

The first thing that you should know is that saturated and unsaturated fats are found in quite a few different foods and that they are completely different. In fact, unsaturated fats can actually be good for you, especially good for your heart. Saturated fats on the other hand can raise your cholesterol and cause heart problems.

Where Are These Fats Found?

Saturated Fats are in animal products and in processed foods. Some commonly examples include potato chips, dairy products, meats and pastries. Saturated fats are known to raise your LDL cholesterol. Unsaturated fats are found in more healthy foods like nuts, olives and avocados. Unsaturated fats are heart healthy and can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. See the table below for more information.

good fats vs bad fats

How Much Saturated Fats Are Safe to Eat?

Since we know that too much saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and put you at risk for heart problems, the question then becomes how much saturated fat is safe to eat? The exact amount depends upon the calories that you eat, but most experts agree that less than 10% of your calories should come from saturated fats. For instance, on a 2000 calorie per day diet, 200 of your calories should be coming from products that have saturated fat. If you were to figure it out in grams, you can assume 1 gram of fat for each 10 calories, so on a 2000 calorie per day diet, around 20 grams should be your maximum.

What About Unsaturated Fats?

Medical experts do not recommend more than thirty percent of your diet being fat. That includes the ten percent from saturated fats previously discussed, so you can make up the difference with unsaturated fats, above the saturated fats that you eat, to a maximum of thirty percent. That means, for a 2000 calorie per day diet, you should be getting 600 calories or less from fats, and 200 or less or those should be from saturated fats.

The Bottom Line When It Comes to Unsaturated and Saturated Fats

The fact is, it is impossible to avoid having fat in our diet, but most people eat far too much fat, and when they do it is normally the saturated fats cause spikes in cholesterol and heart problems later in life. Try to stick to the recommended amounts of saturated and unsaturated fats and you will be thankful for it later on, as well as being on your way to creating healthy eating habits that will do much more than keep cholesterol in line.

Are TV Dinners Healthy?

TV dinners are one of the easiest and most convenient meals out there. They can be cooked in the microwave and take just a few minutes to prepare, and come in a wide variety of flavors and food choices. But TV dinners get a bad rep when it comes to dieting, because most people believe that you can’t lose weight eating TV dinners. The truth is, many TV dinners meet the caloric requirements of dieters, and stay under the recommended amounts of sodium, fat and carbohydrates. TV dinners are often healthier than people think.

lean cuisine

Lean Cuisine is one of the healthiest TV dinners out there. They average between 250 and 300 calories for every TV dinner that they make, and are a great choice when it comes to healthy meals. For instance, the Lean Cuisine Sundried Tomato Pesto Chicken has nine grams of total fat and 2 of them from saturated fat. It has 570 milligrams of sodium, and 4 and 18 grans of fiber and protein respectively. Unfortunately, these TV dinners are relatively small in portion sizes so they may not work for every dieter.

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Healthy Diet Plan -10 Diet Tips for Guys Who Hate to Cook

Ten Diet Tips for Guys Who Hate to Cook

Guys that don’t cook, and prefer to eat out or cook something simple in the microwave may have a harder time than others losing weight, because they don’t have as many choices for eating healthy. However, there are some healthy diet options even for the man who hates to cook, depending upon budget. Here are ten tips for guys who want to eat healthier and lose some weight, without having to learn to cook.

tv dinners1. Learn to Choose Healthy TV Dinners: There are several brands of TV dinners out there that are healthier than others. On TV dinners from Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine, if you track your fat, sodium and other nutritional information, you can often create a low calorie, well rounded meal without losing the convenience of TV dinners.



No Mayo

2. Consider Skipping the Mayo: One major source of calories is mayonnaise, adding between fifty and two hundred calories to each sandwich depending upon how much mayo you decide to put on. Consider skipping the mayo and going with mustard instead which has no calories. There may be other condiments that you can skip as well, for reduced calories.

dairy foods

3.Add More Dairy: Studies have shown that adding more dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese and even ice cream, can help to excrete up to one hundred percent more fat than not having those diary products in your diet.



Skip Snacks after Dinner4. Skip Snacks & Meals After Dinner: When you eat in the evening, your body does not have a chance to burn off the calories that you consume, and it becomes easier to store them as fat rather than get rid of them. Consider eating all of your calories by dinner time, or substituting high calorie foods and snacks.



workout daily5.
Work Out Daily: Many people choose to work out just two or three times a week. While this is the minimum recommended amount, if you work out every day, your metabolism will increase. You burn more calories throughout the entire day on days that you work out. If you work out daily you will burn calories throughout the week.

Reduce Alcohol
Cut Down on the Alcohol: Many people aren’t aware of just how many calories are in alcohol, particularly beer. Drinking a six pack of beer can result in nearly 1000 calories, which is two pounds a week if you drank that much every day in addition to your food. If you are maintaining the same weight, and you drink a six pack a day, then cutting out those calories will result in a one to two pound weight loss per week.

replace burgers and pizza7. Replace Burgers and Pizza with Healthy Alternatives: Burgers and pizza are staples in the diet of men all across the United States, but there are a few ways that you can keep the pizza and burgers in your diet, without having the fat and calories. Look for ways that you can make healthy low-calorie pizzas and consider making tofu or turkey burgers instead.


No Soda8. Cut Out the Soda Pop: If you are a guy who likes to drink soda then you could probably lose some weight simply by switching to a zero calorie soda. A two liter bottle of regular soda can contain as many as 1000 calories, and even the smaller twenty ounce bottles add up quickly to a great deal of calories.


Black Coffee9. Go With Black Coffee: We all love our coffee in the mornings, but for guys who put a lot of cream and sugar in their coffee, the calories go up. Black coffee has zero calories, but adding cream and sugar can add as many as 100 calories. This number jumps up to around 300 if you purchase a latte or cappuccino from the local coffee house.



pre cooked meals10. Order Pre-Cooked Meals: If you have a little bit of money to spend, and want the convenience of having meals already suited to your diet plan prepared for you, then consider ordering per-cooked meals from one of the many services that exist. These are usually delivered frozen and are tailored to the number of calories, fat content and other nutritional information that you want for a healthy weight loss.

Weight Control & Portion Control

How is Portion Control & Weight Control Related?

One of the most important aspects of controlling your weight is the portion size you use. There is quite a bit of research out there that suggests that people eat what is put in front of them, either from being conditioned in their formative years to clean their plate and not to waste food, or for another psychological reason, but the fact is, that humans seem to have forgotten that they have the ability to eat until they are no longer hungry and then stop. This is why portion control is so important when it comes to losing weight or just maintaining a healthy weight.

Weight Control

It takes roughly twenty minutes for food to reach our stomachs after we put it in our mouths and swallow it. The fact that many people choose to eat much more quickly than that means that by the time that the first portion of the food actually reaches the stomach, the meal is over, and those that are overweight often eat much more than their body was hungry for or required, which makes them feel stuffed and often sleepy. Eating more slowly can certainly help weight loss efforts, but more importantly is to control the portion in the first place.

How to Know the Right Portion Size

There are a couple of ways that you can just the appropriate portion size. The first is a very general way to determine portion sizes for different types of food. As a general rule, your serving of meat should be about the size of your palm, unless you have particularly large hands. This include both meat and poultry as well as fish. Generally, this portion size translates to about three ounces.

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Why Should You Add Dairy to Your Diet

For years, dairy was touted as evil when it came to losing weight, but new research shows that not only are dairy products not unhealthy for weight loss, but they can actually increase your weight loss as much as one hundred percent. This little known fact was introduced in a BBC documentary and tested in other studies around the world. There are some reasons why this is so, but it involves understanding how the body works, and how dairy affects your body, but the bottom line is, you can burn almost twice as much fat by adding dairy than with diet and exercise alone.

Belly Fat Diet

What Are Dairy Products?

First of all, let’s explore what dairy products are. Generally, when people think of dairy products, they think of a couple of different things – like milk and ice cream – but the list of dairy products is extensive and includes milk, sour cream, buttermilk, other creams, infant formula, butter, which is mostly made of milk fat, ricotta and other cheese including cheese curds and cottage cheese, yogurt, which is fermented milk with additional bacterial added, ice cream, frozen custard and yogurt and many other foods that are localized to other parts of the world like Central Asia.

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Some Healthy Eating Tips

Eating healthier is something that everyone should do no matter if they are already at a healthy weight or not, but doing so is difficult, especially if you are like most people and have a busy lifestyle where grabbing a hamburger at the local fast food restaurant is the most time you can spare. However, there are some ways that even a busy person can eat healthier, and they don’t require a great deal of time or money. Some of these may seem simple and obvious to someone trying to live a healthy lifestyle, but you would be surprised how many times the easy stuff is overlooked.

Healthy Eating Meals


First, drink lots of water. You have probably heard that eight glasses of water is the right amount of water to drink, referring to eight ounce glasses of water, but what you may not know is that you are supposed to drink another 64 ounces of water daily for each 25 pounds overweight you are. So, if your optimal weight is 150 pounds, but you weight 200, you are actually supposed to be drinking 192 ounces of water every day, which comes out to be around 24 glasses of water. If you are using 1 liter soda pop bottles filled with water that comes to around 6. Water is very healthy for you, keeping your body well oiled and all of the parts in working order. Also, if you are dieting, water helps you to eat less because it helps fill your stomach.

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