Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy but, I enjoy motivating myself to make healthier choices. For the longest time, I’ve tried not to incorporate so much fat into my diet because, well….it’s fat. I soon discovered from my physical trainer that not all fats are bad and she even gave me a list of fatty foods which are good for you. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, here are some fatty foods that are not only good to eat, but can help trim your waistline.
1. Super Dark Chocolate
My mom got me hooked on dark chocolate a couple years ago and when I learned the health benefits from it, I stopped indulging in milk chocolate. Dark chocolate can not only help you burn off more body fat, eating just 1 or 2 small squares of it can satisfy your sweet tooth for only 30 or 40 calories as opposed to 500 calories you get from a slice of chocolate cake. The fat content in dark chocolate is the healthy fat from cocoa butter and not from any other added fats.
Other health benefits:
- Some brands of dark chocolate (around mid 70% in cacao content) has a high ratio of fiber. The higher the % of cacao, the lower the % of sugar.
- Very rich in antioxidants including theobromine which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
2. Coconut Milk & Oil
According to Shape Magazine, several studies have found that coconut oil and milk may aid in weight loss because the type of fat it contains, called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), are metabolized differently than fats from other oils. Coconut oil can also raise your “good” HDL cholesterol and provide antioxidants similar to those in berries, grapes and dark chocolate.
I’ve used coconut milk in cereal and drinking tea and it taste pretty good. I’ve given coconut oil a try too. Not only do I use it for baking, I also use coconut oil on my hair. Coconut oil has lots of moisturizing properties and has been a blessing for my hair.
3. Whole Eggs
I’m not a big fan of eggs but when I do chow down on them, I normally eat the egg whites and skip on the yolk. That soon changed when I recently learned that the egg yolk is actually good for you. It contains more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolk contain ALL of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids. Who would have thought the egg yolk was the healthiest part of the egg. So if you don’t have cholesterol problems currently, there’s nothing wrong with having a whole egg once in a while.
I love eating avocados. I can eat them everyday and never get tired of them. Even though avocados are thought of as a fatty food, they’re healthy fat. It’s a fruit that’s super high in monosaturated fat (good fat) and full of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. So, the next time you decide to whip a tasty guacamole dip, go ahead and indulge.
Nuts are a good source of protein and fiber which of course aid in weight loss and control blood sugar. I like to eat a small handful of unsalted nuts like almonds, pistachios, and walnuts an hour or two before lunch. Try to find raw nuts instead of roasted nuts if you can, as it helps to maintain the quality and nutritional content of the healthy fats that you will eat. A few of my favorite places to find raw nuts are Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.
- Egg White vs Egg Yolk: Which is Better?
- Crazy for Coconuts: 5 Healthy Ways to Enjoy Coconut
- Go Nuts on Your Diet
- What are the benefts of eating Guacamole
- 6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Why Eggs Are a Killer Weight Loss Food
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