It’s a well-known fact that too much fat can be bad for your health. Your body can only use so much fat to produce energy, and the rest is stored for later use. However, if you continue to consume large quantities of fat, that “later” never comes. The amount of fat stored will increase, and you’ll begin to gain weight. Over time, you can see some pretty serious weight gain if you’re not careful.
However, what you may not realize is that not all fats are bad for you. In fact, some can be downright excellent not just for your health, but even to help you lose weight. Here’s how fat can make you thin and healthy…
The Healthy Fats
If you’re trying to be healthy, you need to limit two types of fat:
Trans fats — This is the type of fat found in fried and deep fried foods, as well as foods that have been highly processed. This type of fat is the kind that is most likely to cause heart trouble, cancer, metabolic disease, and a host of other health problems.
Saturated fat — This is the type of fat naturally found in animal proteins. While it was once believed this was a harmful type of fat, recent studies have suggested that saturated fat has nothing to do with heart disease. It’s still high in calories, though, so you have to make sure to limit the amount of saturated fat. By cutting back on this type of fat, you reduce your risk of weight gain.
But, and this is a big but, there is a third type of fat you should be eating MORE of. That’s right, I’m talking about unsaturated fat.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the kind found in olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, walnuts, fish, avocadoes, and other plant-based fatty foods. These two types of unsaturated fats are amazing for your health, as they help to protect your cardiovascular system, strengthen your heart, and promote healthy production of cells and hormones. You should be eating more of this type of fat and less of the other two types if your goal is to be healthy.
Healthy High Fat Foods
Here is a list of some of the best high fat foods you can and SHOULD be eating:
Avocadoes — Not only are these veggies high in fat, but they’re also packed with fiber and minerals. You’ll find that adding avocado to your diet helps to improve digestion, promotes weight loss, and will increase the amount of dietary fiber you consume.
Eggs — Eggs contain a lot of saturated fat, but that’s always a bad thing. The high protein content of eggs makes them amazing for muscle-building, and they’ll provide an excellent dose of amino acids to promote muscle repair and recovery.
Olive oil — Olive oil is high in unsaturated fats, but did you know that it also contains antioxidants that will increase your heart health while reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer? The high polyphenol content of the olive oil will offer cardioprotective benefits.
Nuts — The more nuts, the better! Nuts may be high in calories (thanks to their high fat content), but most of the fat is unsaturated. Nuts like walnuts also contain a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat that can improve brain function, boost heart health, and prevent joint pain.
Fish —Salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are all fatty fish, but once again the fat is the good kind–Omega-3 fatty acids. Not only is fish an amazing source of protein, but it will feed your brain and keep it healthy.