For decades we’ve been told that all fats are bad. Now we know different. Nutritional science is fast revealing that natural fats are not just safe but actually healthy. This helps explain why France, Italy, Greece and other Mediterranean countries have lower rates of heart disease than the US despite eating high fat diets.(1)
Here are 3 of the best “healthy fat” foods that can boost your energy, turn up your fat burning metabolism and help lose dangerous fat around the belly:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is high in fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides. These are broken down differently to other fatty acids. They are sent straight to the liver to be turned into energy or into “ketone bodies”. These ketone bodies then help increase the energy your body expends. This in turn helps the body to burn off more fat.(2)
In a study 40 women were fed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or soybean oil for 28 days and asked to walk every day. While both groups lost about 2 pounds on average, the coconut oil group had smaller waists and less belly fat. A similar study found that the waist sizes of obese men reduced 1.1 inches after consuming 30 grams of coconut oil for 4 weeks.(3)
Eggs are one of the healthiest foods around. Packed with high quality protein, vitamin B2, selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals including zinc, iron and copper, eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods around.(4)
A 2008 study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that eating eggs for breakfast was found to contibute to 65 per cent greater weight loss over eight weeks compared to eating a doughy bagel.(5)
3. Greek Yoghurt
Scientists are fast realizing the vital role the gut plays in our all round health. We rely on our gut to turn food into the nutrients we need to be fit and healthy. If the gut isn’t working properly, it can lead to all sorts of health problems, including prostate trouble, low testosterone, high cholesteorl, neurological problems and bladder infections.(6)
The key to gut health is having an abundance of “good” bacteria. This is why it’s recommended to eat foods that contain probiotics that help maintain healthy “good” gut bacteria. One of the best sources of natural probotics is Greek yoghurt that’s free from sweeteners and added sugars.(7)
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Replacing foods made from “trans fats” and “polyunsaturated fats” with the healthy fats listed is a great start to a healthier diet. And this is the key to healthy eating: Replacing bad foods that ruin your metabolism with healthy foods packed with nutrients that give you energy and encourage fat burning.
Brian Flatt is a fitness coach who was fed up with seeing so many of his clients struggle to lose weight and get in shape. Clearly, “calorie counting” wasn’t working. So Flatt dug into the science on what causes our body to store fat, and whether there was a way to counter it.
This led to him developing science based food plans for eating the right foods at the right time for maximum fat burning potential. For people fed up with fad diets, overpriced supplements and endless exercise without seeing results, Flatt’s science based food plans may provide a roadmap to eating healthier, losing weight and improved all round health.