Here is the building block that everyone seems to think is the enemy. Yes, it is true if you eat too much fat, you will get fat. What everyone must remember, though, is that fat is essential in our diet for insulation, our cell membranes, our nerve conduction, and it is an important energy source, as well. Just as with all of the other building blocks, without fat, you are going to die.
There are a number of fats out there, and some are essential for mixed martial arts and performance in general. Overall, there are three types of fats. Saturated fats can be described as fats that are solid at room temperature. The fats found in a steak or butter are excellent examples of a saturated fat. There are also monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Some of them are good for you, and some of them are cancer just waiting to happen. Numerous oils, such as olive oil, fish oils, canola oil, peanut oil, etc., are examples of good types of fats.
“Many oils are healthy, and some are good only for lubing up your car.”
The process of hydrogenation converts fat into a trans-fatty acid. When you look at the heart attack, stroke, and cancer rates jumping through the roof in this country, these trans-fatty acids are a great suspect. Trans-fatty acids go into your cells and change the DNA inside, because the body cannot assimilate the fat. Then the damaged cell replicates. This replication is also called cancer. You might as well just dip your food in a vat of poison. The good news is that soon trans-fatty acid content will be included on the labels of everything that you eat.
The last piece to remember about fat is that it is not just what type you eat, but how much of it you eat. Fats are not always bad, but too much of certain fats is. Try to select the better fats I have mentioned, and keep them to about 30 percent of your diet.
MMA Diet: Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the growth, normal metabolism, and development of the human body. They are regulators of certain metabolic processes of the body, and without them, diseased states will occur.
If you are eating properly, and your food is nutrient dense, adding vitamins and minerals to your diet may not be necessary. Since many athletes, however, do not eat well enough, and much of the food they eat is not nutrient dense, there may be a need for supplementation of certain vitamins and minerals.
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