One of the biggest misconceptions in dieting is that fat is responsible for making you fat. I don’t know where this myth derived from, or how that conclusion came to, but it is absolutely NOT the reason you can’t get in shape. Fats have a variety of essential health benefits and it is very important to have an adequate amount of healthy fats in your diet each day. Most notably: Fats have a huge impact on testosterone levels, libido, and endocrine function Fats can directly determine whether you have good or bad cholesterol levels Fats are essential for bone mineral density and offsetting debilitating diseases like osteoporosis Fats strengthen your immune system Fats can prevent cardiovascular disease These are just some of the many benefits that healthy fats have to offer. I can see how one might assume that eating excess fat would lead to fat storage. Being overweight is called “being fat” after all. It is only logical that an inexperienced individual would surmise that cutting out fats would equate to losing stored body fat. However, getting fat is the result of eating too many calories and might be completely irrelevant to your fat intake. Granted, if you are eating a calorie surplus and have an abundance of fat comprising the majority of your diet, then you could assert that it is the fat making you fat. But the real issue lies in your calorie intake, not in the composition of the calories. I could eat a diet comprised of only fats and literally eat cheeseburgers all day and still lose fat if I was in a calorie deficit. The only factor that dictates whether you gain body fat, or lose it, is how many calories you eat per day in contrast to how many calories you burn each day. If you eat more than you burn, you will gain fat. If you eat less than you burn, you will lose fat. Both situations are completely irrelevant to how many of those calories are derived from fats. Consequently, if you cannot lose weight, you are simply overeating or aren’t exercising enough.