Eating fat has had a bad reputation for a long time. People believe that if they eat fat, they will get fat. Ironically, in America, where low fat diets rule, the average belly size is bigger than other countries.
Eating fat can actually help make you thin. I eat plenty of fat. The difference between the fat I mostly I eat, and the fat most people eat, is that mine comes from what are considered "good fats". Good fats, a.k.a EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) are necessary fats that your body can not produce. You need to get your EFA's through your diet. Yet, most people are not doing so and they're missing out on the health and fitness benefits.
I've found that a good way to get in EFA's or good fat in your diet, is through eating fish. You kill two birds with one stone by eating fish. You get your EFA's, but you also get in a good amount of protein. All good news when you're trying to get fit, burn fat and lose that unwanted weight.
There is a problem though with getting your EFA's solely through fish. I will go into that as well as other good sources of EFA's and more on the health benefits in part 2.