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Can Fatty Foods make you Skinny?

Can Fatty Foods make you Skinny?
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Eat fat to burn fat.

Sounds crazy?

Years ago when I was working on my fitness and weight loss plan, a friend of mine gave me a suggestion. She told me that if you want to burn fat then eat fat. My immediate reaction was that it’s insane. How can eating fat burn it?

It made no sense to me. If we eat fat, we will become fat. It’s a simple logic. But human logic fails. For instance the influential theories of Albert Einstein may appear illogical but they correctly reveal the operations of our universe. Similarly the idea of burning fat with fat may appear stupid but it works.

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We are not what we eat.

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Just think!

If you eat a lot of pasta will you become fat-free?

If you eat hot dogs, will you get solid muscles?

If you eat buckwheat noodles, then your body should be rich in proteins.

Just as all this is not true, similarly eating fat will not make you fat.

According to the research, intake of fatty acids enhances metabolic health. “When you don’t have any fat in your diet it’s like you don’t have fuel to burn calories,” Glassman says. Our body is made up of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. One gram of fat has twice the energy as compared to a gram of carbohydrates and proteins. The old fat stored in the body can be burned only with the new fat. The trick lies in opting for right kinds of healthy fats. The right kinds of fat will put down your appetite, decrease calorie intake and improve your overall health.

Let’s have a look at some of the delectable fatty foods that will make you look skinny!

1. Coconut

Coconut Oil fatty foods

Coconut contains high amounts of saturated fats but the majority of it comes from what is called lauric acid. Lauric acid fights bacteria and maintains cholesterol levels in the body. According to a study, people who consume coconut oil are not prone to abdominal obesity. One of the greatest advantages of coconut oil is that it reduces belly fat and gives you a lean look. Coconut oil reduces hunger. Coconut oil is best even for high heat cooking. You can use it for almost everything from making popcorn to a whole meal.

Eat coconut to trim your waist!

2. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate fatty foods

If you have a sweet tooth then this is definitely good news for you. Chocolate can squash that fat in your belly. Dark chocolate contains pure cocoa butter which is a great source of digestion-slowing acid called stearic acid. This acid makes you feel less hungry and thus helps you lose weight.

3. Olive Oil

Olive Oil fatty foods

Olive oil is the vital ingredient of Mediterranean diet. This is because it is rich in monosaturated fatty acids which are healthy dietary fats. It also contains high amounts of cancer-fighting polyphenols. A study revealed that a diet rich in olive oil contains higher amounts of adiponectin as compared to a diet rich in carbohydrates or proteins. What does adiponectin do? It breaks down fats in the body – the more fat you have, the lower is your BMI (Body Mass Index). Use olive oil for cooking and dressings.

4. Avocado

Avocado...fatty foods

You must be wondering why Avocado is in my every list. I guess it should be regarded as a wonderfood.  Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats that contains a high amount of oleic acid. Oleic acid suppresses your hunger. They are also rich in protein and fiber. Eating an avocado dish in the morning will keep you full till the lunch.

5. Almond Butter

almond-butter fatty foods

Almonds contain lots of fat. So how can they help in reducing weight? A study was conducted in which one group of people was given calorie restricted diet and the other group was given diet rich in almonds. It continued for almost six months. After six months it was observed that the people in the latter group lost more weight. Apart from that they also witnessed a vast reduction in their waistline! The reason behind this is that almonds contain elements that decrease absorption of fat by the body.

Remember to add almond butter to your diet!

6. Salmon

Salmon fatty foods

It is believed that if you eat salmon you become happy and smart. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Our brain which is constituted of 60 percent fat contains mostly the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Our body is not capable of producing omega-3 fatty acids, so we need to get it from the food we eat. These fats also reduce the risk of arrhythmia and maintain cardiovascular health. Include it in your diet atleast once a week.

What fats to add to your diet?

  • Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – Vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocadoes are rich in MUFAs while PUFAs are found in vegetable oils, fish, and seafood.
  • Saturated Fatty Acids found in meat and dairy products.

So even if you are dieting, you don’t have to sacrifice everything. These fatty foods can also help you look skinny!

 

Comments (11)

  • Hi Sonal Talwar, Great information about fatty foods. every fruit and vegetable has health treasure within it. we need to use it in proper way. Thanks for sharing lots of knowledge about fatty foods and benefits.

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      Hi Sazia

      It is quite surprising but its true that some fatty foods do help in weight loss. It just depends on our choice. Glad that you liked it.

      Keep writing in.

      Have a nice day!

      Reply
  • Hi Sonai

    This is new for me and I was smiling as I read this post. What a strange concept. Eating fat to burn fat is not something you hear. Thanks for sharing..

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      Hi Ikechi

      It was something new and surprising for me as well. Initially I thought it was quite weird. But the concept is really true.

      The right kinds of fatty foods are really beneficial.

      Keep writing in.

      Have a nice day!

      Reply
  • Hi Sonal,

    Yep, we need to eat fat for every reason imaginable. The idea is always balance.

    I happen to love using coconut oil and it’s interesting to know there are several different kinds to work with depending on how you’re using it. I actually like to use it sometimes as a deep conditioning oil treatment for my hair (but that’s another topic altogether) 😉

    The only problem with fat, like anything else, is an over consumption of it, and of course certain versions of it are terrible for us (like trans fats). Otherwise, fat is a necessary part of what’s needed to establish a healthy diet.

    It’s great that you’ve pointed that out here too.

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      Hi Dana

      Eating right kinds and right amounts of fats is very important for our body.

      Yes, there needs to be a proper balance. Over consumption of everything is bad. So one should be aware of how much fat is required by our body to keep it fit.

      Thanks for writing in.

      Have a nice day!

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  • Nice Post Sonal mam, I see very few detailed post on a point, which people simply ignores. I am also trying to shed some weight. Very few people knows, Proteins like Bean salad is fat soluble proteins, so we need to add Coconut oil in salad to get most nutrition from it.
    Also Sonal mam, i read few times about dark chocolate,I love Chocolates but i am not eating them due to high calorie issue. do you think Indian market chocolates like bournville can also help? as that have so much calories too. Do you suggest any specific chocolates.

    Seema

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      Hi Seema

      First of all thanks for taking time out and visiting my blog. Secondly yes dark chocolate like bournville is good. Eat chocolate 20 minutes before and five minutes after lunch and dinner to cut your appetite by up to 50%.

      Apart from that I have shared few simple weight loss tips in some of my posts. You can read them, am sure it will definitely help you. Above all, exercise is very important. Do go for a daily walk – I shed a lot of weight just by walking. Hope it helps!

      Happy Diwali 2016!

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      • Happy Diwali Sonal Mam, Hope you enjoyed much.

        Thanks for reply, Will try bournville then, as what’s better then eating your favorite thing in your diet.

        Yeah i started again morning walk. In start when i was just doing morning walk without any diet, that didnt helped me much. But with proper diet, i also started walk, i hope i will get better results. Thanks for this suggestion and yeah i will surely read your other weight loss posts, as i am sure that will also help.

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  • Hi Sonal,

    Thanks for writing, ” Eat Fat to Burn Fat”. People completely avoid good fat in their diet and wonder why the waiting is not coming off on the scale.

    I would like to share my example with you. I tried every sort of diet and workout but nothing last for long because I use to exclude certain food groups completely from my diet and “Good Fats” was one of them.

    Since I added them in my diet not only I shed the weight but I got back my skin glow, energy levels, and calmness in mind. Good fats have calming effects on the mind.
    My two good fat options are Coconut Oil & Flaxseed (Alsi) but in Moderation.

    Moderation is the key 🙂

    Thanks Sonal. I loved your post.
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      Hi leena

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback and for sharing your experience with my readers.

      Have a nice day!

      Reply

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