Eat fat to burn fat.
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.
We are not what we eat.
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!
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
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 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.
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
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!
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!