Are Avocados Fattening or Can They Help You Lose Weight?
Is avocado fattening or should it be considered a beneficial food for losing weight?
New research is revealing that old advice to avoid high fat foods is dead wrong, particularly when it comes to avocados.
Read ahead to see why avocado is actually a premier weight loss food and how faulty low fat advice has been putting your health at risk.
Healthy Fats for Weight Loss
One of the biggest and most persistent dietary myths is that it is primarily eating fat that makes you fat.
Yet there is such a world of difference between the type of fats found in avocados versus those in processed oils that lumping them all together, as some doctors and dietitians are still doing, is almost unbelievable.
While you could debate the merits of saturated animal fats, and the inflammatory trans and hydrogenated fats found in margarine and vegetable oils are clearly cause for concern, there is now a lot of evidence that the highly refined carbohydrates, so prevalent in the modern diet, are a far bigger source of the growing epidemic of obesity and associated diseases.
In fact, many recent studies like this one have concluded that far from helping us to lose weight, cutting fat in favor of carbohydrates has not only resulted in more weight gain, it has also increased risk factors for killers like heart disease and stroke.
Avocado, Calories and Monounsaturated Fats
While avocados may be considered a reasonably high calorie food (around 160 calories per 100 grams), around two thirds of those calories come from healthy monounsaturated fats like oleic acid.
Research has shown that monounsaturated fats like this are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy for your body than saturated fat. They are also significantly less likely to be stored as body fat.
As an added benefit, diets high in the oleic fatty acids found in avocados have been shown to help reduce your blood levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol at the same time as raising beneficial HDL cholesterol.
Monounsaturated fatty acids also aid in the absorption of fat soluble nutrients from the meal they are eaten with. The nutritional properties of avocado on its own are outstanding, but when eaten in a salad or with other antioxidant rich vegetables, it can greatly increase your uptake of their nutrients as well.
Hunger and Weight Gain
Aside from the obvious health benefits of getting more nutrition out of the food you are eating, this can also help reduce excessive hunger over time. This is because the feeling of being hungry is not always associated with a real need by our bodies for more food.
Often we mistake thirst for hunger, so it’s always a good idea to have a glass of water before reaching for unhealthy snack food. At other times, especially if you’ve eaten not that long ago, feeling hungry can be our body’s way of telling us it needs more nutrients.
When you are regularly eating highly nutritious foods like avocado you are less likely to feel hungry again soon after eating. In fact, with their rich taste, healthy fats, low carbohydrates and high protein and fiber content, avocados are well known to increase increase satiety — that feeling of satisfied fullness after you eat.
Have you tried eating more not less healthy fats like those found in avocado for weight loss? I’d be interested to hear from anyone who’s had success with going against the old counting calories methodology and how it made them feel.
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