Did you know that there are foods that are high in fat that are actually recommended for people who are trying to lose weight? It’s true! There are several high calorie/high fat foods that pack so much nutrition and health benefits that it would be foolish for any dieter to avoid them just to lose weight. Here are 3 of my favorite “high fat” diet foods:
1. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc: These “superfoods” are high in fat and calories but they provide so much in terms of nutrition that you should consume them as part of a balanced diet. All of the fat that is contained in nuts is healthy fat. It is the type of fat that raises your good cholesterol and lowers your bad cholesterol. Nuts also provide high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and protein. Eating nuts on a regular basis can help control your blood sugar and can even help you lose fat.
One of the great benefits you receive from eating nuts is that the high levels of fat fill you up and keep you full longer which in turn reduces your desire to graze on other foods.
You should seek out fresh, raw nuts and add them to your diet on a daily basis. A good rule of thumb is to eat about 1/4 cup of nuts each day (this is approximately equal to a small handful). You don’t want to eat too many nuts because their high calorie content can easily blow out your diet for the day. They are best enjoyed in small amounts. I love to eat walnuts, almonds and pecans but you can include Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios as well. For more information on nuts, check out the Truth About Abs Free Download here.
2. Grass fed beef: Red meat has earned a bad rap over the years. There always seems to be a new study coming out discussing the health hazards of consumption of red meat: high calories, high fat, high cholesterol, etc. Unfortunately, in many cases these accusations are true. Fortunately for us, the availability of grass fed beef has given us new, healthy options for adding/keeping red meat in our diets.
For years, ranchers and factory farms have mass produced beef by feeding them cheap grains like corn. It is cheap to feed the cattle corn and it produces a highly flavorful steak. On the other hand, it isn’t the cow’s natural food source and therefore doesn’t produce the healthiest meat. Grain fed beef is super high in calories, fat and cholesterol. There is also an increased risk of e-coli in these animals.
In the case of grass-fed cattle, the animals are eating their natural food source. This is how nature intended cows to eat. By eating grass, the cattle produce beef that is much higher in omega-3s and lower in omega-6 fats. This is good for you because the typical American diet doesn’t contain enough omega-3 fats. Additionally, cows that feed on grass generally produce beef that is much higher in vitamin E than grain fed cows. Learn more about healthy beef with the Truth About Abs Download here.
The only real drawback to grass-fed beef is that it is more expensive than corn-fed beef. This can turn people off and discourage them from making the right choice. The good news is that you really only need about 4 oz of meat at a time so, you could go to the store and pick up 1 lb of meat. That would allow you to feed two people twice, get a great amount of healthy fat and protein and not blow your diet.
3. Avocados: My goodness! I can’t tell you how much I love avocados. They are so tasty and so good for you. The only problem I have is that if I make some guacamole (one of the healthiest snacks on earth) I inevitably end up eating too many tortilla chips (one of the least healthy snacks on earth).
That being said, avocados should be a part of any balanced meal. They provide loads of vitamins and healthy fat, help to lower your cholesterol and are full of antioxidants.
You can add avocados or guacamole to just about anything. They work well on chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, burgers made with grass-fed beef, salads, soups, tacos, breakfast, the list goes on and on. I suggest you keep a few on hand and try them out with different foods as you move through your diet and weight loss experience.
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Thanks and happy eating!