With the proliferation of many of the latest fad diets like Tim Noakes, Atkins and others, has come the idea that a high fat diet may not be so bad after all.
This was in stark contrast to the mainstream nutritional beliefs adopted from after WWII which suggested that ‘fat makes you fat’ and that the human diet should be largely based on carbohydrates.
While the evidence for a truly high fat diet is still sketchy – the safest nutrition plan is a BALANCED one – there is definitely benefit to be found in eating certain high fat foods.
Here are 5 of the best high fat foods for WEIGHT LOSS:
…and other oily fish like sardines, mackerel and trout. These fish are high in nutritionally essential Omega 3 fatty acids (crucial to almost every process in the body including brain function and heart health) and good quality protein.
Take an Omega 3 supplement if you can’t manage to eat fish at least twice per week, 3 – 5g per day is good for aiding weight loss and optimum health.
2. Whole eggs
No, you won’t get heart disease from eating egg yolks… That’s where all the nutritious stuff is!
Eating egg whites is pretty pointless unless all you want is a little bit of protein. Yes, they do contain cholesterol, but the cholesterol in eggs does not impact on blood cholesterol levels.
Whole eggs are one of the most nutritionally perfect foods around.
Whole eggs are one of the most nutritionally perfect foods around. They contain almost every nutrient we need for good health.
Plus, people on diet who eat eggs for breakfast are less likely to eat poorly the rest of the day as the eggs are filling and satiating.
3. Coconut oil
A bit of a ‘new kid on the block’.
Coconut oil is a wonderfully healthy source of medium chain saturated fat – shown to aid in weight loss and possibly prevent certain diseases. It also stays stable when heated unlike olive oil, so it’s safe to cook with.
Nuts are a wonderful addition to the diet because they are so versatile. Use them as a snack, in a salad, add to muesli or put them in a stir-fry. Nuts are high in protein and saturated fat and are very filling as they are quite calorie-dense.
Nuts are high in protein and saturated fat and are very filling as they are quite calorie-dense.
Make sure not to make the mistake of eating the whole bag. Remember one serving of fat is around the size of your thumb, so a serving of nuts would be a small handful if being used as a snack, or two thumbs’ worth if accompanying a meal.
Avocado is one of the very few fruits that is made up mostly of fats rather than carbohydrates.
Avocado is a fantastic source of saturated fat, fibre and potassium – three crucial elements of the human diet. It is also a versatile food. Eat it plain, in a salad, on a piece of toast, make into a guacamole or on a pizza – just eat it.