Dissolve Bad Fat

Ever wonder what good fat is?

Throughout Guruji's 'Yoga Mala' it lists the benefits of asana in primary series, the majority of which are designed to eliminate bad fat. Originally published in 2000, every bit of it could be an advert today in Cosmo, Yoga Fit, Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness, SELF, Lucky, etc. 



'Dissolves bad fat at the waist, and brings the body into shape.'

We have become a culture groomed on reducing fat, obsessed even. There are over 3.5 million webpages on the internet dedicated to reducing fat. Perhaps more but that's all Google returned in 0.73 seconds. What are bad fat's? If we simply reduced and eliminated all fat in our diet there would be no more bad fat, right? WRONG!

I was confused, and misled for years about fat and thought all fat was bad. I would eat reduced fat cheese and yogurt, low-fat mayo, and drown a salad in reduced-fat ranch dressing. I thought because the label had BIG letters with fancy percentages of how much fat I was eliminating from my diet I would be doing my body a service. 

Saturated, Unsaturated, Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, Trans-fat, Omega-3's, etc. It's a big jumble and a headache. Often times it is so confusing that we opt for the low fat option on the store shelf and convince ourselves that we are serving our health choices correctly. After all, the FDA, the American Food and Drug Administration is looking out for our health and wouldn't do us wrong? 

Sorry Mrs. Franklin, no R.E.S.P.E.C.T. they aren't watching your back.

It wasn't until taking prerequisites for nursing school that a light went off in my head about fat. Sitting in a physiology class learning about the endocrine system and how cholesterol transports various hormones throughout the body, I finally understood good fat.

This is after taking nutrition classes, reading magazines, and experimenting on my own. No wonder that there is an obesity issue. I considered myself educated and still didn't understand the difference.

Understanding the issue is only one part of the issue. Implementing, is often a larger hurdle to get over. Fortunately there are; Cosmo, Yoga Fit, Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness, SELF, Lucky magazines and Running, Yoga, Zumba, Dance Trance, and Pilates. 

Run at this level of intensity for this long . . . do this yoga pose to dissolve bad fat. Often the advice is solid. Unsaturated fat, both Poly and Mono are good fats taken in moderation. These are the guys that come from vegetables, avocados, olives, almonds, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.

Moderation for one person is different from person to person and there is not a one size fits all model for this leveling of moderation. This is the fault with relying on the FDA to officiate our individual food choices. As the consumer we need turn the product over and read the ingredient list. Take our time at the supermarket and be health conscience consumers and not magnets to BIG letters and fancy fonts about percentages. 

If you want to know more about fat's good and bad, or have questions about how primary series DOES in fact reduce fat build up by increasing peristalsis please contact me at morgan@ashtanganurse.com

Extra reading material:

WebMD Fat Good vs Bad