A fat that can help you lose weight – that sounds like a contradiction to me! After all, fats add extra calories to my diet – not good. Yet, fat makes food taste delicious – very good! Another contradiction!
Well, apparently diet friendly fats do exist (unfortunately not in the form of M&Ms)! Here are a few of these diet friendly fat I discoverd:
Enova’s claim to fame is its statement of being less likely stored as body fat. Reason being is Enova has only 2 fatty acids instead of the 3 like most other fats do, and is therefore processed in such a way as to make the body burn more energy instead of being stored as body fat as is the case with other many other oils. Plus, Enova may even help suppress appetite.
I was leery about this one, but supposedly the fat in coconut oil is similar to Enova in that it is configured in such a way as to be burned for fuel more readily and not stored as body fat. Coconut oil also revs up the body’s metabolism a bit simply because extra energy is required to digest it.
The downside: Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which is associated with higher cholesterol levels and increased risk for heart disease.
*Coconut oil also shouldn’t be used for deep frying; it just won’t work well. But you’re unconcerned about this since you don’t deep fry, right? Also, look for virgin coconut oil; it hasn’t gone through all the processing, and it tastes better!
Nuts and Nut Butters
Natural nut butters and whole nuts (without added sugar or hydrogenated oil) are great additions to a diet – in moderation and allergies excepting, of course. Nuts have protein, fat, and some fiber, all of which help keep your hunger satisfied and snacking at bay for hours. And if you’re able to avoid the snacking, you can keep the pounds off easier!
Even better: Nuts, especially walnuts, are said to be heart healthy.
The Fine Print
Remember these are fats, so they are calorie-dense, and taking in more calories than you burn off will lead to greater fat storage. Plus, research continues on how the body processes fats and what their health benefits are, so who knows what will turn up next regarding dietary fats and cooking oils!
What I do: I replaced regular vegetable oil with Enova in most of my cooking and baking. I adopting nuts as a part of my diet, all in moderation, of course! And I avoid deep frying (even though French fries are so darn good!)
Other ideas for using these fats: Try Enova or coconut oil in a stir fry with lots of different vegetables; use Enova to bake a whole grain bread; spread an organic nut butter on toast; have a (natural) peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat; or snack on a small handful of walnuts and almonds or trail mix. The key to remember is moderation!