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Limit dietary saturated fat and dramatically improve your life

Of all the nutrients in your diet, saturated fats plays the greatest negative role, and has the largest detrimental impact on your mental, physical, and emotional health.

If you were to limit just a single nutrient to obtain the greatest overall health benefit, it would be limiting the amount of saturated fat in your diet.

Some positive effects of a reduced saturated fat intake include:

- make it easier to lose weight - since saturated fat stimulates fat storage and inhibits removal, reducing dietary levels will aid to limit TG storage and facilitate removal.

- reduce the risk of heart disease - since saturated fat increases endogenous (your bodies natural ability) cholesterol and triglyceride production, again by reducing dietary intake you remove a potent stimulator for raising blood lipid levels. Typically, dietary saturated fat increases total- and LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood increasing risk of heart disease.

- reduce the risk of other degenerative diseases - including hypertension, diabetes (decrease glucose tolerance and increase insulin resistance), and obesity.

- improve the ability to transport oxygen - by decreasing saturated fats role in reducing the ability of blood to transport and delivery oxygen to working tissues, thereby reducing functional and exercise capacity.

- and reduce saturated fats probable role- in depression, chronic fatigue, and other mental and emotional conditions.

Limiting saturated fat in your diet will reduce your disease risk - reversing many degenerative disease conditions. In addition, a reduced intake level will improve your ability to mobilize, rather than store fat - making it easier to lose weight.

By reducing saturated fat and eating more healthy (monounsaturated and omega-3 polyunsaturated) fats you will improve all the systems of your body - from your mind to your heart.

So start counting those grams. They're listed on every food label, making it easier to keep track of them, and allowing you to be more aware of which foods create the largest impact in the deterioration of your life.

You do have control. Choose well.