While there is a general perception worldwide about reducing the amount of fatty acids to lose weight, there is also the other side of the story. Most of the trainers and the typical diet advice we ever come across is “to lose weight, eat less of fatty acids.” The fact is that fat isn’t dangerous, what’s dangerous is the unhealthy fat that you consume from junk foods. Healthy fat is essential in losing weight. I am an ACE certified personal trainer. Hence, a number of clients at my Chicago-based personal training center want to know the right foods to eat in reducing weight and based upon my research, and here are the top 5 fatty foods that I have chosen:
- Grass-Fed Butter
Fat is essential component of your body, as stated in one of the other articles on my blog. However, it is “the right amount of healthy fat” that matters in losing weight. To get healthy fat in your diet, add in grass-fed butter to the meals. Grass-fed butter is made from animals that feed on grass, which is what makes this butter an extremely rich source of fat-soluble vitamins, healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamins A, E, D, and K. hence, whenever you head out to store, look for “grass-fed butter.”
Avocados can be a great source of a quick and delicious meal. Technically speaking, an avocado is a fruit, but looks very similar to vegetables due to its nutritional value. You can consume them raw, or mash up with MCT oil. However, do not cook them because that is where you destroy the nutritional value of this fruit.
- Grass-Fed Animal Fat
Just like using grass-fed butter is good for health, so is the grass-fed animal fat. It includes bone marrow, lard and tallow. This fat is a rich source of:
- essential fatty acids
- fat-soluble nutrients
Hence, adding a small amount of grass-fed animal fat to your diet is a healthy choice that you should not avoid.
- Coconut oils, and other monounsaturated fatty acids
In 2009, there was a study conducted amongst obese women of Brazil regarding the consumption of coconut oil. Here were the results:
- decreased wait circumference
- increased HDL cholesterol (High density lipoprotein)
- improving ratio of LDL (Low density lipoprotein)
Other excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids is olive oil. In fact, diets enriched with olives, olive oil, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds helped people in losing weight and storing lesser belly fat than those who did not consume monounsaturated fatty acids.
- Grass-fed beef
Next on my list is Grass-fed beef. I understand it is a little bit costlier than other beef, but the benefits are well worth the price. Just like having grass-fed animal fat and butter are helpful for your body, so is having a grass-fed beef.
It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to reduce the risks of heart diseases and attacks. It is leaner in nature and helps you in maintaining your waistline. A 7 ounce of conventional beef comprises of 386 calories and 16 grams of fat, whereas grass-fed beef contains 234 calories and 5 grams of fat. The difference of 150 calories is quite clear. Not only have you enjoyed your steak but also consumed lesser calories and fat than the traditional beef.