Sounds like a contradiction at first but just hear me out.
From a very early age we are taught that fat is bad for us. Whether in drinks or food, it should be minimised if we want to avoid piling on the pounds. Most people tend to make an immediate connection with fat as being bad and associate it with the fat that sits around our bodies.
Then as time has gone by, the big food giants have taken advantage of this by introducing ‘fat free’ products. Must be better for us right?
Let’s nip this in the bud and dispel that myth immediately. The biggest contributor to making us fat is sugar and bad carbohydrate foods (both of which are mostly fat-free!!)
Not all fats are the same though, and so to avoid any confusion the type of fats that can actually help you to lose weight are good fats. The type that are found in foods such as nuts, seeds, certain oils, avocados, seafood, fish and meat. These type of fats help to prevent you from overeating.
I love it when ladies tell me that they love a nice bowl of coco pops first thing in the morning. It does the job and gets them going but they tend to be hungry again within an hour or two and so then pick on something else. (putting aside that it’s ridiculously high in sugar and preservatives and will be converted into fat around the waist)My suggestion is to eat something like an omelette or some meat with a handful of nuts or half an avocado. I guarantee that this will keep you going for hours. Don’t believe me? Give it a go!
This is why studies have proven that having some healthy fats with every meal contributes to fat loss. They slow down the rate at which any sugar hits your bloodstream, keeping hunger cravings at bay.
It sends all the right signals to the brain to stop you overeating. Want a salad? Have some olive oil with it or some avocado.
Want some fruit to snack on? Have a handful of nuts with it.
Good fats will help to target the problem areas of tummy and thighs as well. Opt for full fat over fat free. Butter is better than margarine.
Another benefit if you’re exercising is that good fats are proven to help your joints cope with any wear and tear. Plus it improves your skin and hair and boosts your energy levels.
As if that wasn’t enough good reasons, anyone with higher than average cholesterol will find that by eating good fats, it will help to lower bad cholesterol.
Here’s a link to another one of my articles regarding Omega 3 fish oil supplements.
These are good fats and we don’t consume any where near enough of these in our typical Western diets.
So don’t be afraid of fat – the good ones anyway. Don’t go mental though and start eating bags of cashews in one sitting as this is excessive. A handful is suffice!