One of the leading causes of the rising rate of obesity in SE Asia is the over consumption of fat resulting in heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol; what most don’t realize however is all fats are not created equal.
There are three types of dietary fat: saturated, unsaturated and trans fat. While many are under the impression that saturated fats can cause serious health issues, recent data suggest there is no link whatsoever between saturated fat consumption and obesity.
In his book, Over 40 and Sexy as Hell, author Dr. Robert Drapkin, a Florida – based oncology doctor explains there is one group of dietary fats that are unhealthy without controversy, the apex of dietary evil, trans fats.
Unsaturated fats he concludes are important to one’s diet, and should become an essential part of a regular diet. “Omega-3 fatty acids from unsaturated fats contain DHA and EPA, which lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in various foods, such as salmon; canola, soybean, olive and flaxseed oils; and walnuts.”
Recently winning second place among men over 70 in the Masters National Bodybuilding Championship, Dr. Drapkin has a physic that commands instant respect.
“Rather than being the enemy,” said Dr. Drapkin, “the consumption of good fats—specifically those providing omega-3 fatty acids—can help regulate heart rate, blood pressure and other important nervous system activities.”
Dr. Drapkin chose to educate himself on the subjects of nutrition and exercise for his own good. Now, at age 71, he is an active world-class bodybuilder placed in the top five of the last seven competitions he has participated in.