Here are 4 reasons why keeping the fat in your diet may help with weight loss:

1. Fat keeps you full

Fullness is actually a real feeling that’s created during digestion when fat triggers the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone that slows down how fast the stomach empties food into your intestines.

This not only helps you get full but also ensures you’ll stay full for a longer period of time.

Consequently, you need less food to feel satisfied, compared with a diet lower in fat.

2. Fat helps you balance blood sugar

Your blood sugar level impacts insulin levels, which can affect your mood, cravings, and food choices. Additionally, eating sugary foods with too many refined carbohydrates and not enough fat (and protein) can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and subsequently crash.

Including healthy fats with your meals and snacks can help keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day.

3. Fat helps you absorb nutrients

Ordering that salad with low- or fat-free dressing might be doing more harm than good. Why? You need a little fat to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), beta-carotene (a carotenoid that makes vitamin A), and other carotenoids found in leafy greens and salad veggies.