Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. As a matter of fact, eating enough healthy fats is crucial to keep your blood sugar under control and balance your hormone levels. In addition, eating the right amount of healthy fat is also a great way to keep hunger at bay and prevent cravings.
In this article you discover 7 of the best ‘fatty’ foods to boost your health and help you get rid of unwanted fat. These are recommended by Mike Geary, author of the best-sellers: The Fat Burning Kitchen and The Top 101 Foods That FIGHT Aging.
1: Coconut milk and coconut oil
Coconut oil and milk are both great sources of a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which is a super healthy type of fat. MCTs are readily used by the body for energy. This makes them less likely to be stored as body fat compared to other types of fats.
The fat from Coconut oil and milk also includes a component which is lacking in most western diets called lauric acid. This is a powerful nutrient for your immune system.
When it comes to baking coconut flour is a great choice. It is an extremely high fiber flour and is also very high in protein. In addition it’s also gluten free. Just keep in mind that it needs to be mixed up with other flours (like almond flour) if you want to use it for baking.
2: Whole Eggs
Eggs are one of the highest quality sources of protein. They are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
What most people don’t know, however, is that the egg yolks are the healthiest part of the egg. The yolk is where almost all of the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants are found. The yolks contain all of the essential fatty acids in the egg, as well as all of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
However, be sure to choose free-range organic eggs instead of those from a normal grocery store. The nutrient content and the balance between good and bad fats in the eggs is controlled by the diet of the hens. Free roaming chickens that eat a more natural diet provide healthier, more nutrient-rich eggs.
You might not think of avocados as a fatty food. However, the truth is they are chock full of healthy fats. Besides being super-high in monounsaturated fat, avocados are also a rich source of vitamins, micro-nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.
Guacamole is not only delicious… it’s one of the healthiest toppings you can put on your food. Avocados or guacamole are a great side to almost any meal. Try them in your salads or on your omelets, sandwiches and burgers.
Avocados are also an extremely satiating food, helping you to reduce your appetite for hours after your meal. This makes you less likely to eat junk food between meals. The healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients you get from avocados help your body maintain proper hormone levels. This helps with fat loss.
4: Grass-fed (pasture-raised) butter
REAL grass fed butter (not margarine, which is bad) does not have to be avoided if you want to get lean. Not only is it delicious but it’s also rich in healthy fats and other healthy nutritional factors.
Grass-fed butter has high levels of a healthy fat called CLA. Not only has this fat has been shown to help burn abdominal fat and build lean muscle, but also to have anti-cancer properties.
The fats in grass-fed butter also contain MCTs. These are readily burned by the body for energy and also help to boost your immune system. They also help control your blood sugar levels and satisfy your appetite.
Grass-fed butter (unlike conventional grain-fed butter) also has an ideal balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. This helps fight inflammation in your body and helps balance your hormones.
5: Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) with at least 70% cacao content is a great choice to satisfy your sweet tooth. The higher the cacao content, the lower the % of sugar. Unlike other ‘sweets’ it will not cause huge spikes in your blood sugar levels.
Dark chocolate that 70 % cacao content or higher, often have a fairly high fiber content. Some brands have as much as 5 grams of fiber out of 15 grams of total carbs per serving.
Dark chocolate is also very rich in healthy antioxidants. This includes theobromine, a compound which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
Look for dark chocolate with fat content that comes solely from the natural healthy cocoa butter, not from any other added fats or additives.
You can also use organic unsweetened cocoa powder in your smoothies or other recipes for all the benifits of fiber and antioxidants… without the calories.
Nuts like Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Brazil Nuts and Macadamias are another type of “fatty food” that can help you get rid of stubborn belly fat.
Besides healthy fats these nuts also contain high levels of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also a great source of protein and fiber, which helps control your blood sugar levels and aids in fat loss.
The healthy fats from nuts can also help to maintain good levels of fat burning hormones in your body. This helps curb your appetite and control cravings.
Try eating nuts in variety for the best mix of vitamins and minerals. Also eat raw nuts instead of roasted ones. Eating them raw maintains the nutritional content of the healthy fats contained in the nuts.
TIP: Try eating a handful of nuts about 20 minutes before your lunch or dinner. This is a great way to control your hunger, helping you to eat less calories overall during your meals.
7: Grass-fed beef or bison
Most people think that red meat is unhealthy. The main reason for this is that they do not understand how the animals health affects the quality of the meat.
The beef or bison that you buy at the grocery store is typically raised on grains, which aren’t their natural diet. Their meat often contains too many omega-6 fats and too few omega-3 fats.
Grass-fed beef from cattle and bison, on the other hand, has much higher levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and much lower levels of omega-6. They also contain up to three times as much vitamin E.
Grass-fed meat from healthy cattle or bison also contains a fat called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). This fat has been proven to help in building lean muscle and burning fat.
In addition to all this, grass-fed meats offer some of the highest quality proteins that you can eat.
There you have it… 7 of the very best ‘fatty’ foods you can eat if you want to banish your belly fat for good.
If you found this article helpful I really recommend you read Geary’s ‘The Fat Burning Kitchen‘. It will show you exactly what to eat (and WHY) to get rid of unwanted fat for good in a healthy manner.
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