Eating more fats can help you burn fat. Don’t believe us? Read on

Published on: 5 February 2021, 19:46 pm IST

We are sure that you must have heard that eating fats can make you fat. But this cannot be further from the truth.

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We all believe that if we want to lose weight, then we must eliminate fat from our diet. After all, fat contributes to weight gain right? Well, if this is what you believe, then let us tell you that your body needs fat for survival. And, if you want to lose fat then you need to eat more fat. 

Hey, we aren’t talking about the junk food variety. No siree! We are talking about healthy fats! We know that the idea of eating fats to burn fat sounds crazy, but healthy fats are teeming with health benefits. 

This is how eating fats can make you lose weight

In order to understand the role of fat in weight loss, first you need to know why our body needs fat. Dietary fat is vital for our health because it helps our body absorb nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, produce hormones, protect the brain and tissues, and manage inflammation. 

In fact, findings from the American Nurses’ Health Study show that there is no link between the overall percentage of calories from fat and health outcomes like weight gain or heart disease. 

Eating these kinds of fat can help you lose weight

  1. Polyunsaturated fats

Including a healthy amount of polyunsaturated fats will not promote weight gain, but they will surely fulfill the need for fat in your body. This type of fat is found in certain types of fish, nuts, and seeds. 

  1. Monounsaturated fats

Monounsaturated fats are considered healthy as they provide certain health benefits. The American Heart Association suggests adding monounsaturated fats like avocado, nuts, and seeds to your diet and to avoid saturated and trans fats.

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Swap avocado for these easy, healthy substitutes that are as beneficial for weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here are some more reasons why you need to eat fat to lose fat
  • Fat takes you longer to digest than carbs and protein. By eating healthy fats in moderation, you can control your appetite and prevent overeating.

  • Healthy fat is essential for your metabolism. So, when you eat fats you fire up your fat-burning rate.

  • When you eat fats, you also reduce spikes in blood sugar level.

So you see, fats are not the enemy. In fact, fats can help you lose weight. 

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