Fats may be the last thing you want to eat when trying to slim down. However, eating certain fats can help you lose weight! Jagruti Verma tells you how to pick the food that can help you burn some calories
Many diets cater to people who want to lose weight, and so you can understand why they swear off any and all dietary fats. After all, the old saying, “You are what you eat!” is ingrained in all of us, even though we may not know where it comes from. However, that is not the case with fat. What we’re saying is that there are some dietary fats that actually help you burn more calories and lose weight. Be careful though, because most types of fat that you encounter in your meals will only contribute to making you fatter. So, you need to pick the fats you eat very conscientiously. Here we tell you about which types of fats you can include in your diet to help you lose weight.
Why it works
The body’s fat storage process has something to do with insulin, the release of which is triggered by carbohydrates. Most processed carbohydrates cause a sharp increase in insulin levels, which leads to these carbohydrates being stored quickly in your fat cells. This also leads to hunger soon after you’ve eaten. Replacing carbohydrates, especially processed carbohydrates, with fats will keep you feeling full for longer and also fuel your body’s fat burning mechanisms.
HEALTHY FATS YOU CAN EAT
Generally speaking, trans fats and saturated fats are bad for you and should be avoided, while unsaturated fats are healthy. Here are a few dietary fats that you should pick to help you burn more calories.
Commercially as well by popular opinion, olive oil is known for being one of the healthiest types of oil. Whether it is through spoonfuls in vegetable curries or as sprinkling over salad, olive oil can be added to your diet in a variety of ways. And, that’s a good thing because it is good for your heart, skin and, of course, your tummy! Regular consumption will help you with weight loss.
Could there have been a better comfort food than dark chocolate? It keeps you feeling full and also helps you avoid bingeing on junk food. Dark chocolate also helps with stress levels. And when you’re in a good mood, your health follows suit. Your blood sugar levels and metabolism improve too. But, don’t go overboard with it even if it’s healthy. After all, it is chocolate!
Consuming non-fat Greek yoghurt with little or no sugar added can help aid weight loss since it is low in calories. Also, because it is high in calcium and protein, it can be a great addition to your diet. And, if you throw in a few chunks of fruit in your bowl, it will add a nice crunch to the mix, and also contribute to its nutritional value.
There is a reason your mother insisted on you eating soaked and peeled almonds with milk every day, and it’s not just about giving you a memory boost! This little habit can also help you keep your weight in check since almonds are full of fibre. Make them your on-the-go snack, but stay away from the salted and processed varieties!
Peanut butter is a delectable addition to breakfast as a spread that goes well with a variety of food items. And, while keeping the quantity you consume in check, you can make the most of this tasty wonder, but make sure you pair it with healthy food items and not jelly or chocolate chip cookies! It will help you satiate your hunger pangs and balance your calorie intake.
Whether you use these to make a smoothie, as an addition to your salad, in your sandwich or as a garnish, adding avocados to your diet is always a good idea. They are rich in good fats and also contain healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Fats to stay away from
These foods have bad fats, some hidden, making it more difficult for you to decipher.
Packaged snack foods such as microwave popcorn and chips.
Solid fats such as margarine and vegetable shortening.
Fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets and fried, breaded fish.
Commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes and muffins.
High fat dairy foods such as whole milk, butter, cheese and sour cream.
Tropical oils such as coconut oil, palm oil and cocoa butter.