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Good Fats: Friend or Foe? The Surprisingly Fatty Foods that Boost Weight Loss

Often times we are taught that fat is bad, but the reality is our bodies need fat to survive. Saturated fats tend to be the ones you want to limit because they are responsible for increasing cholesterol and creating inflammation in the body. Unsaturated fats, however, can have restorative effects, and help your body process other foods more efficiently. They also tend to wreak less havoc on your digestion and assist in blood glucose control. These are a few traditionally “Fattening” foods that can actually stimulate fat burning.

Olive Oil: This is extremely high in omega -3 fatty acids, which are not only heart healthy, but reduce inflammation and speed up fat burning. Omega-3’s have also been known to help alleviate joint pain and slow the progression of memory loss. Add a few teaspoons to your marinara sauce or grilled vegetables. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try olive oil ice cream- you won’t regret it!

Nuts: Packed with protein and minerals, they can act as an immediate source of energy to help fuel increased fat burning. In addition to omega-3’s, nuts also contain plant sterols that are substances that help to drive down cholesterol. They also contain fiber, another weight loss warrior. Add a handful of nuts to your yogurt or cereal in the mornings, or even add some to your salad.

Avocado: This fruit is notoriously “fattening”, yet when combined with complex carbohydrates, it can keeps most of us satiated longer and promotes effective digestion while helping burn calories. Avocado is also known to help maintain brain function and contribute to more youthful, vibrant skin. Try adding a slice to your morning egg and toast, or blend together with lime and spread on your sandwiches.

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