SO many people try to avoid fats in order to lose weight. But here’s a little secret I’ll share with you: FATS CAN BE YOUR FRIEND.
Obviously I’m not talking about the fats we get from eating that delicious slice of chocolate cake, the rich, creamy ice-cream we like to indulge in once in a while, or Reseess Peanut Butter Cups (I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for chocolate & peanut butter). But take your attention away from those fats for a minute and turn your focus to these three which are you friends:
1) Avocados: Aim to eat avocados as often as possible; they are considered nutrition powerhouses. Avocados have a blend of fatty acids, fiber, more vitamins and minerals than you can count AND they have been shown to actually enhance the uptake of other nutrients such as beta-carotene (more reason to eat salsa with your avocado!). Also, here’s a little fun fact for you: avocados are considered a fruit.
2) Eggs: As a fat burning food, eggs are awesome (especially whole eggs). Whole eggs contain a nice dose of leucine which will directly impact your muscle building capabilities (AND REMEMBER LADIES, we want muscle too! More muscle=Increased metabolism which means we’re burning more calories). Another reason to opt for whole eggs is because the yolk of an egg contains choline, an essential nutrient for brain health. Of course we all know eggs contain cholesterol (a large egg contains 200mg of cholesterol and 6 grams of fat). However, according to Dr. Mike Roussel , over the last couple decades, research has shown that 1). eating a little more dietary cholesterol does not lead to increases in your cholesterol level. & 2) your total cholesterol level is not as important of a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as we once thought. (Note: always go for Omgea 3 eggs; the chicken these egss come from are fed a higher omega 3 diet and some omega 3 eggs, depending on the brand, contain up to 150mg of the omega 3 fat DHA which is the same healthy fat found in fish oil supplements, important for proper brain function and aiding in your weight loss).
3) Olive Oil: With its high concentration of monounsaturated fats, olive oil is also known as the king of heart healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil contains crazy amounts of polyphenols, which make you healthy, live longer, and happier.
Next grocery store run, be sure you grab some avocados, eggs, and a little olive oil to give your eggs a little flavor when you cook them!
Here’s 2 healthy, tasty recipes I found that you can use to incorporate these 3 GOOD FATS in your diet as well…
Happy Eating! : )
Reference: Dr. Mike Roussell