Fat is often a taboo word for bodybuilders looking to get cut, despite more and more emerging research that our bodies need fat for everything or hormone balance, testosterone production, brain function and fat burning.
Modern bodybuilders favour eating low fat diets, but back in the 1970s fat was very much a part of the training diets of athletes like Arnie.
While he didn’t go overboard, eggs, dairy, nuts and fish were all good sources of healthy dietary fat eaten as part of Arnie’s diet. And yes he ate the yolks.
We’re now beginning to understand how crucial Omega-3 fatty acids are for burning fat and even things like saturated fats are for producing the muscle-building hormone testosterone, says HowToBeFit.
Arnie himself told Bodybuilding.com that around 10-15 per cent of your daily calories should come from saturated fats.