Episode 1: Why Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

SHOW NOTES: Episode 1

Have you heard the saying “eating fat makes you fat”?

This has been a way of thinking for Americans for more than two decades. It’s a myth that has kept our nation very sick and overweight.

There has been a “low-fat” craze and I’m here to help you understand that “low-fat” and “eating fat makes you fat” are truly myths.

It has been proven that eating fat doesn’t actually make you fat.

If you incorporate the right kinds of fats into your diet, it will actually help you lose weight and help with your body composition goals. What I’m saying is — if you have been avoiding foods like salmon, nut and nut butters, avocados, well, it’s time to bring them back!

First of all, the body requires fat in order to function properly. Healthy fats are good. Fats provide anti-inflammatory benefits, are necessary for muscle movement and blood clotting, balance hormones, help our bodies produce hormones, help absorb vitamins and minerals, are needed for brain function, and even are good for your heart. They are SO necessary.

The problem with low fat food is that when the fat is taken out, it’s replaced with sugar. We unknowingly became addicted to sugar and it is strongly linked to obesity and weight gain. It’s so important that we turn away from sugar and turn back to eating the right types of fats.

There are 3 types of fats: trans fats, saturated fats, and unsaturated fats.

Trans fat should be eliminated from your everyday diet. These are the fats that you find in margarine, shortening baked goods, dough, and fried foods. I’m not saying to never eat them again but they shouldn’t be eaten on a daily basis. Saturated fats are found in animal sources such as fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with the skin, and dairy and should be eaten in moderation. Unsaturated fats are the ones we want. These are known as the healthy fats. We get these fats from plant sources like avocados, nut and nut butters, seeds, olives, and oils. These can also be found in some animal sources like salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

So, we should focus more on the foods that are God given and stop eating low fat products because they are not helping us. Focus on those healthy foods and healthy fats. 

Thank you for tuning in! I hope this episode helped you. I’d love to chat more about it on Instagram (@rachelmeigsking)!


  • How eating fat doesn’t make you fat
  • Low fat craze and how it contributes to obesity
  • Types of fats and which ones are healthy



Feed Yourself: Healthy Habits for the Mind, Body, & Soul is all about learning the key components of overall health based on Biblical principles. When most people think about getting in shape and becoming “healthy”, they immediately think about their physical health: losing weight, making exercise a priority, possessing flexibility and endurance, and remaining disease free. But Scripture makes it clear that physical wellness is not the only area that impacts health. In order to be TRULY healthy, we have to focus on four areas: spiritual health, emotional health, mental health, and physical health. 

This podcast dives deep into the tools and head knowledge you will need in order to create lasting results, but it also looks at the element that truly ties it all together – the heart knowledge that incorporates faith in God in this area of our lives and how to apply it when things get tough (and they will!).

I wanted to create a space to let you know you are never alone on this journey. Through years of experience in doing everything the WRONG way, I am here to share my journey of getting healthy from the inside out – ditching the restriction and diet culture and truly learning to treat my body as the temple God intended it to be. 

Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I discuss healthy habits to incorporate in your daily life to propel you forward and FEED YOURSELF on your journey to health in all areas: mind, body, and soul!

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