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Karl Henry: Embrace healthy fats and ban sugar to help aid your fitness this Autumn

Fitness guru Karl Henry revealed that those on a mission to improve their health and lose weight should not be avoiding fat, but instead making a point of removing sugar from their diet.

Fats have has a bad reputation in the last 30 or 40 years and but in the last two or three years experts have realised that sugar is actually the problem.

“We now know that fats are very food for the body, allow those who are training to recover faster, improve stamina and train harder,” said Karl.

The Irish Independent fitness expert said shoppers need to be on the ball when choosing what to place in their shopping baskets.

“While fats are good, it’s the type of fats you put into your body that’s important. Banning transfats and hydrogenated oils from your cupboards is the best thing you can do for your health.

“Avoid low-fat yogurts and instead get your healthy fats from ingredients like fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados. Udo’s oil is a great fat substitute for people who may not like some of those things,” he said.

Henry also offered advice for those hoping to get fit this autumn and progress from couch to a five kilometre race within the next few months.

“I would always recommend gait analysis. I also think it’s important to build a plan and set a goal by registering for a race. Find an app for your phone which can be a motivation.

“Don’t do too much too soon. If you pace yourself, you will soon be running and enjoying yourself,” he said.

Karl was speaking at a ‘Get your Runners On’ event run in conjunction with Udo’s Oil held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin.

Irish Independent