It’s the season of resolutions, and weight loss is a big goal for many. When you walk through the grocery stores… you see this everywhere:
And when you’re trying to lose weight (especially that stubborn belly fat)… it can be really tempting to pick up those fat-free items to help you.
Here’s the problem with fat-free foods: when they remove the fat (even the good, healthy fats)… they have to get the taste from somewhere. And where do they turn?
Good ol’ sugar.
Sugar causes inflammation… and inflammation is what keeps your gut sick, your body aging, and that weight from coming off.
Those who commit to a sugar-free diet/ lifestyle undergo a fantastic transformation that includes turning back the aging clock, glowing skin, eyes that sparkle, improved sleep patterns, weight loss, a shifting of weight, strength, energy, clear-headedness and more.
Instead of cutting fat from your diet entirely, learn which fats are harmful and which are actually HELPFUL to include.
So what should you avoid and what should you use instead?
First and foremost, avoid the trans fats – margarine, baked goods, fried foods, refrigerator dough like biscuits, creamer… these will all wreak havoc on your cholesterol AND build that inflammation so you stay unhealthy.
You also want to avoid heavily processed seed-based fats – these are things like sunflower oil, canola oil, corn oil, or safflower oil. The reason? They’re full of omega-6 fatty acids which CAUSE inflammation!
Instead, reach for natural fats that create strong cell membranes, help you lose weight, and make your skin and hair drop-dead gorgeous.
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Tallow from Grass-Fed Cows
- Butter from Grass-Fed Cows
- Olive Oil
- MCT Oil
- Nut butters
- Flax or chia seeds
Olives, avocados, unsweetened coconut chips, canned coconut milk, nuts, hemp seeds, flaxseed, and chia seeds also are great sources of healthy fats.
So now you know WHAT to go for… but how do you use it? Here are just a few ways!
- Top salads with coconut, hemp hearts, or flax seed. The greens in the salad will also help you digest and absorb the healthy fats!
- Use avocado or olive oil to make dressings, or purchase those that use these oils as the base.
- When sauteeing or roasting vegetables, use butter or tallow instead of canola oil.
- Make a Bulletproof Coffee with MCT oil!
- Make the following low-sugar smoothie:
-1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries
-1 cup frozen cauliflower florets (yes really)
-1 cup water , plus more as needed
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
–Combine all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water as needed, then serve immediately.
By paying attention to the quality of fats in your diet, and eliminating sugar, you will reap numerous benefits!
This post brought to you by Emily Burger, Integrative Nutritionist, who has been known to put avocado in and on everything.