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Good Fat, Bad Fat

by Racer X Virtual Trainer


One of the many training websites I find myself visiting weekly if not daily is This website is geared towards stick and ball sports and general weight loss but there is a ton of useful information for the motocross athlete. One thing that Core Performance does particularly well is their information on nutrition.

I was talking to friend of mine who rides and he was telling me that he was having a problem with low energy levels. His low energy levels were most pronounced during his morning run particularly at the 1.5 mile mark and sometimes during his motos. As we talked and I tried to help him figure out what was wrong, I discovered two glaring problems. First, he was training in the morning on an empty stomach and second he wasn't consuming enough fat. As I explained to him how important fat is to the human body and particularly for an athlete he asked me a simple question; What is the difference between good and bad fats? Simple enough question so I decided to post an article on the subject. As I was researching various articles, I came across this article on the Core Performance website that is pretty much exactly what I wanted to write. So instead of reinventing the wheel I decided to post it here for you all to learn from. The jury is still out on whether I solved my buddies low energy problems, but I suspect he will be calling me in a few weeks thanking me for the insight. - Virtual Trainer

The good news is that because most bad fats are created from industrial food processing, it’s difficult to get excessive amounts of bad fat from whole, unprocessed foods.

Good fats are found in Avocado and nuts.

Core Performance Article: One of the more confusing nutritional questions these days is the difference between good and bad fats. It has been pounded into our heads over the past few decades that fat is evil and must be avoided. But with time comes better research and understanding as to the role in which fat plays both as an athlete and the general public.

One of the biggest and more misleading health trends of the last 20 years has been the anti-fat movement. Everything had to be low-fat, preferably fat-free. “You are what you eat,” according to the popular saying, and if you ate fat, you are going to end up a fat tub of goo. Truth is, fats are critical to good health, releasing energy slowly to keep the body satiated and regulating blood sugar. They also provide powerful nutrients and antioxidants for cellular repair of joints, organs, skin and hair...... Read the Complete Article

More good articles talking about Good Fat vs. Bad Fat.
Good Fats, Bad Fats - WebMD
4-Reasons You are not Losing Fat - Precision Nutrition
All About Bad Fats - Precision Nutrition

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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    Dr Stan Gale May 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Please let us be up to date about saturated fat! Athletes sure need to know the truth. Here's a few easy sources of correct info on this vital subject. Please see Saturated fat news, articles and information at - as well as the whole article at Dr Mercola's site:

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