You probably already know that unsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts, avocado, fatty fish) are a lot healthier for your heart than saturated fats (butter, cream, beef), but get this: New research suggests that our bodies burn UNsaturated fat more easily than other fats . That means it is easier to lose weight if the fat came from those healthier sources. So here are some ways to replace saturated fats with unsaturated ones:
–use olive or canola oils instead of butter
–eat more fish and less beef
–replace ice cream treats with soy or nonfat yogurt treats
–use nonfat dairy products
–replace cheese with nuts, nut butter, or seeds
–avoid salad dressing unless it is nonfat or you know it was made with olive or canola oil
This is not a free pass to eat good fats! They are just as caloric as the bad ones and can still make you gain weight, so don’t increase your overall fat intake, just replace the bad fats with the good.