The Best Fats For Burning Fat

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We’ve all been told to eat a diet low in fat, but is that true if you want to lose belly fat?

Study after study has shown that there are major differences in the types of fats that we can consume and what those fats do to your waistline.
Some fats are bad, but some fats are actually good for you and can help you lose fat around your stomach fast.

Let’s go over all of the good fats, what they are good for and why, and what fat you must avoid in order to lose weight and be your fittest.

Virgin Coconut Oil

The king fat of all fats. This natural source of fats is like a magic fat that your body doesn’t see as fat. Confusing?

Let me explain.

Virgin coconut oil is chock-full of this healthy thing called MCT (medium-chain triglycerides). Medium-Chain Triglycerides are not used by the body like other fats, but rather like carbohydrates. This means that MCT do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to your body weight. Instead, they are sent to the liver, where they are immediately converted to energy. Meaning you have less fat to store.

Another great advantage of virgin coconut oil is that it increases your level of thermogenesis, or energy expenditure. Meaning you can burn more calories without doing anything.

Studies like this one, show that adding a tablespoon or 2 of virgin coconut oil to your diet increases your metabolism by 5%, totaling up to 120 extra calories burned per day. That’s the equivalent of jogging an extra 15 minutes per day.

I recommend starting your day with a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in your coffee to boost your metabolism and increase your energy levels.

 

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Avocado

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Did you know that an avocado is a fruit? It’s true, look it up.

Did you also know that an avocado is a great belly fat burner? It’s also true, and I’ll explain.

An avocado is loaded with fats so it seems like it wouldn’t be a great way to burn fat. However, the fats that an avocado has are monounsaturated, and these are the kind of fats that are perfect to help you burn fat.

The monounsaturated fats found in avocado are readily burned during exercise and actually encourage additional fat burning around your belly.

A recent study found a diet rich in monounsaturated fats can down regulate the expression of certain fat genes, and may actually prevent fat distribution around the belly. And another study found that people who ate 40 grams (about 3 tablespoons) of high-oleic oils on a daily basis (like those oils found in avocado) lowered their belly fat by almost 2% in a four week period.

And if that’s not enough, bonus points – The American Heart Association says that monounsaturated fats can even lower your chance of heart disease and stroke.

It doesn’t get any better than that. Less belly fat AND less heart disease. Sign me up for avocado.

Virgin Olive Oil

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Considered one of the healthiest fats you can consume by many, virgin olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fats as well as oleic acid.

Oleic acid has many profound health benefits including decreasing your levels of LDL (Low Density LipoProtein – the bad cholesterol) and increasing your levels of High Density Lipoproteins, the good cholesterol.

In a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, women who consumed 3 tablespoons of olive oil in their diet each day for 2 months lost more weight on average than those who followed a low-fat diet.

The Fats to Stay Away From

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For every good fat there has to be a “bad fat” and trans fats are those bad fats.

The worst type of dietary fat is trans fats, and they are found in any processed foods.
Trans fat is a byproduct of a process called hydrogenation that is used to turn healthy oils into solid fats to prevent them from becoming spoiled.

Early in the 20th century, trans fats were found mainly in margarines and vegetable shortening, but once food makers found that you could make food last longer and for cheaper with trans fats and hydrogenated oils, they began appearing in everything we now eat. From baked goods like cakes and cookies, to fried foods like chips and fast foods.

Think about it this way, if you left food containing trans fat out on the counter, the fat would still be solid when you came back the next day. That’s trans fat for you.

Trans fat will increase levels of LDL (bad cholesterol), increase inflammation, increase risks for diabetes, stroke, insulin resistance, and other chronic conditions.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that for every 2% of calories from trans fat consumed daily, the risk of heart disease rises by 23%.

No thank you.

Bottom Line For Your Waistline

If you want to lose belly fat, don’t be afraid to eat fats. A low fat diet is not necessarily the only way to go. You just have to be conscious of what types of fats you’re eating.

A diet rich in monounsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, virgin coconut oil, and virgin olive oils can actually help you burn belly fat while maintaining lean muscle and increasing various other health attributes like healthy cholesterol levels, metabolism, and energy levels.

What are your favorite fats to eat and why?

 

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