When it comes to weight loss, many still believe that you should be limiting fat. After all, it has more calories than either carbs or protein (9 vs. 4 and 4, respectively). Given that, logic tells you that the less fat you consume, the faster you’ll drop the pounds. But that’s not how it actually works. In fact, if you want to lose weight as fast as possible – you should eat plenty of fat – much more than the experts recommend.
Now, I know this sounds counter-intuitive (perhaps crazy) but hear me out nonetheless. And by the time you’re finished with this article, you’ll understand exactly why fatty foods should be the staple of your diet whether you’re trying to lose weight or just stay fit.
For starters, fat keeps you full. This is very important because, not only will you consume less food over time, you’ll actually have fewer cravings between meals. The end result? You’ll snack less, avoid bad calories, and slim down much faster.
Next, fat is essential for hormone production and the uptake of certain vitamins. If you don’t eat enough you can end up with nutritional deficiencies and a hormonal system that’s completely out of whack. This will only cause you to crave more, eat more, and eventually get fatter. Again, if you want to be thin, eat plenty of fat.
With that said, it’s time to make an important distinction. There are healthy fats and extremely unhealthy fats. The latter will not only cause your belly to grow, they’ll destroy your health in general. These should be avoided like the plague and include:
- Man-made trans fats
- Most vegetable oils (sunflower, soybean, rapeseed)
Generally, if the fat is found in nature (e.g. animal) and it’s unprocessed, it’s most likely good for you. So, here are a few of the best examples.
1. Grass-fed beef
By feeding cows their natural diet, farmers are able to grow leaner animals. The benefit to you is that when you eat a grass-fed steak, it’s has fewer calories than a conventionally, grain-fed one. The end result is that you get a higher satisfaction from your meal while aiding weight loss.
Better still, grass-fed beef has a much better omega-3 to omega-6 ratio than its grain-fed counterpart. This is extremely important because of its anti-inflammatory properties (something that will protect you from heart disease and other ailments). In fact, eating this type of red meat is likened to eating fish. Yes, it’s that good for you.
The only drawback is its price. But you know what? It’s worth it: your health should be your #1 priority. Cut back on everything else if you have to (entertainment, typical consumer items, etc.) in order to feed yourself the best stuff.
Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Again, loaded with heart-healthy omega-3′s, these are the perfect example of a food that can keep you full. In fact, I recommend this to all of my readers when starting the Cruise Control Diet. Eating nuts, especially after meals, will drastically decrease cravings for unhealthy snacks until it’s time to eat again.
3. Olive oil
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet and how it’s beaten out every other diet in terms of health and longevity. Well, one of the main foods of the Italians and Greeks is olive oil. They plaster the stuff on almost everything.
It’s tasty, really good for your heart (and body as a whole), and makes for a mean salad dressing. In fact, with a little red wine vinegar you never have to splurge for those sugar-loaded store-bought salad dressings. You’ll better your health, trim your waistline, and do it without shrinking your wallet.
And while there are many more fatty foods that can make you thin, these are my top 3. You should incorporate them into your diet immediately. Furthermore, you should seek out others to eat on a regular basis. Remember, if it’s found in nature, is unprocessed, and if from an animal, the latter is fed its natural diet, you should eat and eat it often.