My personal trainer recently said to me “Wow you have dropped a lot of fat lately! What did you do?”.
Simple, when he told me eat lots of good fats I took his advice.
I’m a guy and I burn a lot of energy, so if I don’t eat a good few meals throughout the day I tend to get grumpy, tired, and worst of all I start to consume bad fats by the end of the day (chips, biscuits, sweets). By including good fats as part of your daily diet, stabilizing insulin levels, you will find you’re not hungry which means no snacking on high fat and sugar laden snacks. In fact you can look at them and not want them at all.
I don’t see many weight loss companies asking you to eat fat, if they did you wouldn’t be a repeat offender (sorry I meant customer!)
This makes sense if you look at the science behind how your body burns fat and I urge you to do your own research. Diets work because if you eat only carbs, your body switches to burn carbs; eat only protein your body switches to burn protein; eat good fats, well you can work out the rest.
The goal is to achieve a state of ketosis, which causes your body to start burning fat for energy. During ketosis there are an elevated number of ketones circulating around in your system. Ketones are produced as by-products when fatty acids are broken down for energy in the liver.
There are four major types of fats:
•monounsaturated fats (good fats)
•polyunsaturated fats (good fats)
•trans fats (bad fats)
•saturated fats (bad fats)
Awesome Tip: check the ingredients label when you buy packaged food for trans and saturated fats.
So what can you do to load up on good fats? Here are my favorite 5 healthy fats:
1. Hi -Strength Fish Oil. Fish oil will relieve the symptoms of mild arthritis, maintain a normal LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio and triglyceride levels, and support healthy cognitive function.
2. Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. It also comes in chocolate! Coconut oil is loaded with super nutritional goodies, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and combined with the antioxidants and magnesium of Raw Organic Cacao. It has no cholesterol, no trans-fats ans supports healthy weight management. I spread this on my spelt toast in the mornings. Awesome!
3. Avocado. Eating avocado will reduce hunger and appetite. The oleic acid in avocado is especially recommended for its ability to lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol while raising the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. Keeping cholesterol levels in check is vital for diabetics as they have a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that monounsaturated fatty acids are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. It’s also why including more foods in your diet that are high in healthy fats and less with processed carbohydrates makes such a big difference when you want to lose weight.
4. Almonds and walnuts. Snacking on nuts like almonds and walnuts instead of high carbohydrate foods is also highly beneficial for weight loss. But why do they help you lose weight? For starters, these popular nuts are actually low in calories with ten almonds approximately 78 calories. Almonds are packed with useful nutrients like Vitamin E, mono-saturated fat and fibre, which is highly satiating and provides bulk to food without adding calories. They are also full of B vitamins and zinc, which helps stop sugar cravings, plus the oleic oil in the nuts cuts hunger very quickly.
5. Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend. Udo’s Oil contains oils from fresh, certified organic flax, sesame, sunflower and evening primrose seeds as well as oils from rice and oat germ, providing major health benefits. This oil blend has added non-GMO soy lecithin, which improves oil digestion and provides the building materials for healthy cell membranes.
Why are you weighting :-). Load up on some good fats for a week and let me know how its helped!