These 8 shocking Fatty (but healthy) super-foods can actually help you to burn body fat faster!
By Nick Garcia, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Nutrition Specialist
Author of The 8-Week Metabolism Makeover
At this point, I think almost everybody understands that eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. If fact, it’s critical to get enough healthy fats in your diet to keep your hormones balances, blood sugar stable, prevent cravings, and maintain healthy brain function. Here are 8 types of “fatty” foods that can actually HELP you to achieve a fat-burning metabolism…
1.) Grass-fed Butter
You may thinking, “but I thought we were supposed to stay away from saturated fats?”
This is a MYTH!
Saturated fats protect your cells, unlike polyunsaturated fats which cause cellular destruction because they are very unstable.
SFAs are the most stable fat, which is why butter is an excellent cooking fat.
In fact, there’s even plenty of evidence that REAL butter can even help you to lose body fat for a couple of main reasons:
a.) Butter is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that block the aging effects of free radicals, which causes Oxidative Stress, which is the consistent factor in virtually all diseases.
b.) Butter is high in Conjulated Linoleic Acid (CLA). In a nutshell, CLA helps you store muscle, instead of fat…have I sold you already? Many studies have shown significant improvements seen in both reducing body fat and increasing lean body mass.
c.) Butter is an excellent source of minerals. Butter contains trace minerals like manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium, a powerful antioxidant. Selenium is essential for the conversion of T4 to T3, or inactive thyroid hormone to active thyroid hormone, what keeps your metabolism sky high all day.
d.) Grass-fed butter also contains the vitally important nutrient vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 works alongside vitamin D and calcium for proper calcium metabolism in your body, and is also involved in balancing hormones by making vitamin D more powerful. Vitamin K2 is generally only found in grass-fed animal products such as butter, cream, full fat cheeses, and organ meats, so it’s hard to obtain from plant sources except for certain types of fermented foods. It’s one of THE most important vitamins for overall health that many people lack, and it’s found in that beautiful grass-fed butter that we all love!
If you have a hard time finding a grass-fed butter at your grocery store, Kerrygold Irish butter is one of my favorites, and the cows are 100% grass-fed on lush green pastures in Ireland. It’s one of the richest butters in color that I’ve seen, which indicates high levels of carotenoids. Organic Valley also has some excellent grass-fed butter that’s rich in nutrients as well.
2.) Whole Eggs (Including the Yolk)
The yolks contain so many B-vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin A, folate, choline, lutein, and other powerful nutrients…
Yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain ALL of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids (EFAs).
“But I heard that whole eggs will skyrocket my cholesterol through the roof”
No, this is FALSE!
First of all, when you eat a food that contains a high amount of dietary cholesterol such as eggs, your body down-regulates it’s internal production of cholesterol to balance things out.
On the other hand, if you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body simply produces more since cholesterol has dozens of important vital functions in the body.
3.) Dark Chocolate
Unfortunately, before working with, 9 out of 10 clients believe eating chocolate is “bad for them.” Much to their surprise, I let them know that dark chocolate can be a healthy part of a weight loss diet.
Dark chocolate is also very rich in healthful antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and have other health benefits. The fat content in a good dark chocolate should come solely from the natural healthy fats occuring in cocoa butter and not from any other added fats. Any chocolates with added fats or other additives will generally not be as healthy.
A good 75% dark chocolate is in my opinion an almost perfect combination of lightly sweet with a rich chocolate taste. Just remember to keep those daily quantities of chocolate small as it is calorie dense!
4.) Coconut Oil
5.) Grass-Fed Beef
CLA supports brain health by being a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Some experts now believe that brain inflammation, and not serotonin deficiency, is the root cause of depression. (14)
This fatty acid also boosts the immune system, improves bone density, regulates blood sugar levels, reduces body fat, and helps to maintain lean body mass. (15)
Avocados might be high in fat, but don’t be entirely scared of eating your side of guacamole at your favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s the most likely genetically altered tortilla chips I would be worried about! Avocados are high in MUFA (mono-unsaturated fat), which is more stable than PUFA, but still LESS stable than SFA (saturated fat), so I wouldn’t actively try to heat up your avocado salad.
WHY should you eat them? Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana), Vitamin E, B-vitamins, folic acid, and because have you made guacamole (it’s so good.)
Most of the nutrients in an avocado are closest to the inside of the skin, so be sure to get every last drop after you peel and skin your avocado.
The quality dose of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients that you get from avocados helps your body to maintain proper levels of hormones that help with fat loss and muscle building. Also, since avocados are an extremely satiating food, eating them helps to reduce your appetite in the hours after your meal.
7.) Macadamia Nuts
es, this is yet another “fatty food” that can actually help you burn belly fat! Although nuts are generally between 75-90% fat in terms of a ratio of fat calories to total calories, this is another type of food that is all healthy fats, along with high levels of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Nuts are also a good source of fiber and protein, which of course, you know helps to control blood sugar and can aid in fat loss.
Macadamia nuts are one the least inflammatory of alll nuts, since it highest in monounsaturated and lowest in polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fatty acids tend to oxidize rather rapidly killing the energy producing, fat-burning part of your cell, the mitochondria.
Additionally, a Journal of the American College of Nutrition study found that people who ate nuts benefitted in other ways, including:
- Lower systolic blood pressure
- Less likelihood of having two of the risk factors for metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure and low HDL (good) cholesterol (for nut consumers)
- Less likelihood of having four risk factors for metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting glucose, and a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome
8.) Grass-fed Cheese
CLA is a beneficial fatty acid that has been linked to loss of body fat, as well as possibly preventing cancer. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health also shows that people with high concentrations of CLA had a lower risk of heart attack. While CLA is available in supplement form and in conventional milk, grass fed dairy cheese benefits from a naturally higher level of CLA, giving you a more potent bang for your caloric intake.
Grass fed dairy contains a bigger diversity of nutrients including vitamins A, D, and B-12. It also contains other vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants in addition to calcium and protein.
Eating 2 oz. of cheese with a piece of fruit is a well-balanced, fat-burning snack.
Although these “fatty” foods may be a super-healthy choice for achieving your lean, attractive, energetic body… I’ve discovered that there are 7 foods thought to be “healthy”, but they actually DESTROY your metabolism and pack on stubborn belly fat.
Discover what these metabolism-harming foods are on the next page: