If you want to get thin, start eating fat. Yep, you read that right! But before you tuck into that last Easter egg, it’s important to learn which fats are good, and which ones are diet disasters.
Unfortunately all of our favourite food vices, like pizza, burgers, sweets and cakes, fall into the bad fats category, but options like avocados, walnuts and olive oil are the fats that can boost weight loss.
And all is not lost on the treat front; dark chocolate, peanut butter and full fat yogurt all boast good fats too.
So what are healthy fats? The term refers to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are good for the heart, help reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and can help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by benefiting insulin and blood sugar levels.
On the other hand unhealthy fats are trans fats, the unsaturated fat that raise cholesterol and heart attack and stroke risk, and can be found in everything from margarine, snack food, packaged baked goods and fried fast food.
Adding good fats to the diet doesn’t need to be a chore, especially in a world where pictures of smashed avocado on toast rule Instagram.
Instead of boring foods, add flavoursome fish like salmon and tuna to your evening meals, both which are full of omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to boost heart health.
Lean grass-fed beef and pork, which boasts more saturated fat than fish, are also made up of good fats too.
And if you’re not a meat eater, utilise tofu and eggs in your main meals.
Olives, edamame, chia and sunflower seeds, and nuts are other great sources to add to your daily diet plan too.
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