Busting the low-fat myth! Why good fats won’t make you fat!

Still putting anything and everything with a low-fat label into your trolley thinking you’re being super healthy? Well, then listen up, because your body actually needs healthy fats to thrive!

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However, there are fats and there are fats. It almost goes without saying that you need to stay away from nasty trans and hydrogenated fats. These bad fats are found in all kinds of junk foods. Think hot chips, regular chocolate bars and greasy takeaway. Even some margarines have bad fats in them.

What you want is good fats. The real McCoy. That’s what your body thrives off. Some of the good stuff includes avocadoes, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil and eggs. These are all brilliant sources of fats. Think wholefoods. Like most things to do with food, it’s pretty simple when you bring it back to basics!

There are a few other things to keep in mind when choosing oils. You want to look for terms like cold-pressed or, if you can find it, extra virgin cold-pressed is even better! This means the oil has been pressed really soon after the nut, seed or fruit was harvested. We’re talking within four hours in some cases. How awesome is that?!

So don’t be afraid of fat. Not only does your body need it for so many different functions, but including the right fats in your diet will also keep you fuller for longer.

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Lola Berry
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and wholefoods and there's little Lola won't to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola's enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia's most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn't until experiencing her first 'summertime detox' as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. Within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tonnes of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life. In 2007, Lola began posting videos full of health tips, nutritional advice and easy, accessible recipes. People responded to her quirky approach and her ‘Fruits and Roots’ webisodes soon led to regular TV appearances and her first book, Lola Berry's Inspiring Ingredients. Lola kept up with her engaging blog and informative e-newsletters and her online following continued to grow. In 2012 Lola released, The 20/20 Diet, which became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. Lola’s follow-up book, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, is full of delicious recipes and health creations and has already gone into reprint (even though it was only released in February 2014). Today, Lola is a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.