Dieting? Here are the top 5 high-fat foods for weight loss

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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 is in stark contrast to the nutritional beliefs adopted 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 being a BALANCED one – there is definitely benefit to be found in eating certain high-fat foods.

Here are five of the best high-fat foods for WEIGHT LOSS:

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1. Salmon

…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.

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2. Whole eggs

No, you won’t get heart disease from eating egg yolks…that’s where all the nutritious stuff is!

Whole eggs are one of the most nutritionally perfect foods around.

Eating egg whites is pretty pointless unless all you want is a little bit of protein. Yes, the yolks do contain saturated animal fat and cholesterol, but the cholesterol in eggs does not impact on blood cholesterol levels, as was previously believed.

Whole eggs are one of the most nutritionally perfect foods around. They contain almost every nutrient we need for good health.

Plus, people on weight-loss diets who eat eggs for breakfast are less likely to eat poorly the rest of the day as the eggs are filling and satiating.

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3. Coconut oil

This one is a bit of a ‘new kid on the block’.

Coconut oil is a wonderfully healthy source of medium chain saturated fat – shown to aid  weight loss and possibly prevent certain diseases. It also stays stable when heated, unlike olive oil, so it’s safer to cook with.

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4. Nuts

Nuts are a wonderful addition to the diet because they are so versatile. Use them as a snack, in a salad, add them to muesli or put them in a stir-fry. Nuts are high in protein and monounsaturated fat and are very filling as they are quite calorie-dense.

Be sure not to make the mistake of eating the whole bag.

Be sure not to make the mistake of eating the whole bag. Remember, one serving of fat is about the size of your thumb, so, a serving of nuts as a snack would be no more than a small handful, and if accompanying a meal, two thumbs’-worth.

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5. Avocado

Avocado is one of the very few fruits that is made up mostly of fats rather than carbohydrates.

Avocado is a fantastic source of monounsaturated 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.

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