Eating Fat Makes You Thin
Are you scared of fat? Trust me, you are not alone.
These days, there are a million and one reasons to cut out fat from your diet. But, with modern research, when it comes down to eating fat, you can fear no longer…
But, how on Earth can eating foods high in FAT make one shed weight? This must be the most idiotic oxymoron gimmick ever…
Well, the proof is in the science. Here it is…
Essentially, there are two types of fat: good fat and bad fat.
Let’s start with the bad guys – trans-fat (trans fatty acids).
Trans fats are artificially industrially processed fats that have been proven to both raise LDL (“Lousy”) cholesterol and lowers HDL (“happy”) cholesterol. Even worse, trans fatty acids are one of the major culprits in increasing one’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of death in America).
On the other hand, the good fats or monosaturated fats help lower the “bad” fats and raise the healthy fats in the body. These types of fats are found in natural foods.
Now, here are some fatty foods that actually help make you thin:
Avocados: In one pub-med study, avocados have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels significantly, reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%, lower LDL cholesterol by up to 22%, increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by up to 11%. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1308699
-Chia Seeds: loaded with rich omega fats, high in fiber (great for losing weight), and jam packed with essential minerals and vitamins.
-Coconut Oil: “The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3532757
-Fatty Fish: It is recommended to incorporate fish in your meals at least twice a week. Fish high in healthy fats are salmon, albacore tuna (fresh and canned), sardines, lake trout and mackerel.
-Walnuts: Walnuts are rich in vitamin E and an excellent plant-based source of omega-3.
-Olive Oil: In ancient times, olive oil was known as “liquid gold.” Recommended to not be used heated as in cooking. Rather, used as room temperature for best health benefits.
There is a catch – their is always a catch. Consuming these fats are not enough.
Adding mild to moderate exercise, eating a low carb diet, and staying away from the trans or “bad” fats is a must.
That was the skinny (no pun intended) of how fat can make you thin. For more information, visit inm.center.
Chris Maslowski, L.Ac., Associate Acupuncturist, SOPHIA Natural Health Center