THE TRUTH IS “YOU HAVE TO EAT FAT TO LOSE FAT”
There are a few plant-based super foods that everyone should include in their diet. I recommend plant-based fats over others because they are much easier to digest in the body and the energy that your body is not using on digestion can be utilized for everyday activities. There are multiple health benefits to the foods that I am going to introduce to you today, and I could talk for hours about them. So, instead I am going to talk about the fat loss benefits of each super food. These foods will not only help you decrease your waistline and your hip to waist ratio, but will also leave you feeling satisfied!!
1. Coconut Oil: This aromatic oil/butter sometimes is criticized in the media because of its concentration of saturated fat. However, the fat in coconut oil is metabolized differently in the body than other saturated fats. Coconut oil is made from medium chain fatty acids which are broken down more quickly, and helps the body utilize stored fat for energy. Often we hear of people who have a thyroid that is ‘out of whack’ because of ‘yo-yo’ dieting. Coconut oil helps to regulate your thyroid hormone levels because it contains high levels of the hormone thyroxine. Thyroxine helps to increase your metabolism and suppress appetite. A tablespoon of coconut oil can be used in your favourite raw soups, smoothies and desserts.
2. Pumpkin Seeds: Just 1/4 cup of these delicious treats contain 20% of your daily maximum protein allotment. The protein in pumpkin seeds are highly digestible and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which translates to an increase in weight loss. Pumpkin seeds, when paired with a sweet like dates or fruits, will also decrease the spike in insulin that is associated with high sugar consumption. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of the protein building amino acid tryptophan. This is mood boosting because it increases serotonin levels in the brain. serotonin is known as the feel good hormone that increases melatonin and helps people sleep better. If you get a better sleep you will be more likely to stay away from caffeinated beverages that are infused with sugar, and therefore you will increase weight loss. I started giving Mario a cup of pumpkin seeds a day and he sleeps like a baby.
3. Hemp Seeds: Contain a fatty acid that is called GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid). This accelerates fat loss because it increases your metabolism. They are also an excellent source of protein which is important for after a workout to aid in muscle recovery. The more lean muscle we have on our bodies the more fat we burn on a daily basis while at rest. There are 10 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds. Purchase the raw shelled hemp seeds and sprinkle it in your smoothies, raw cereals, and on salads.
4. Chia and Flaxseeds: Chia seeds are a complete protein. They also help in muscle repair, that increases your metabolism. They curb hunger and the gel consistency makes you feel full for longer. Chia also slows down the digestion of carbs (sugars), and therefore carbohydrates (such as fruit and dates) that you eat with chia seeds will be more readily available to be used for energy and less will be stored as fat. Both chia and flax seeds are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3’s in these super foods aid in decreasing inflammation and stimulating the enzymes that make stored fat more readily available to be used for energy. Chia seeds can be eaten as a cereal, as they gelatinize when added to liquid. Flax seeds are best eaten ground in a food processor and sprinkled on cereal or used in raw breads and crackers. I mix flax seeds into Mario’s nut butters before he eats them in a sandwich.
4. Avocados: : There is 3.4 g of fibre in just half of an avocado. They contain soluble fibre that slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates and decreases the insulin spike after eating. As I am writing this I just had an avocado, a carrot, beet and apple juice as well as some snow peas for lunch and I feel fully nourished. Avocados contain oleic acid, which activates the area of the brain that makes you feel full and satiated. Avocados also contain carbohydrates, in particular one called mannoheptulose, which enhances calcium absorption, which is essential for fat loss. Avocados are great on their own, prepared as a guacamole dip, or sliced in a salad.
5. Sesame Seeds: These little gems are often ignored when it comes to our health. They are normally associated with the sugary sesame snaps that we used to eat as kids. Sesame seeds are packed with calcium. Calcium inhibits the hormone calcitriol, leading to a decrease in fat production. Try to find sesame seeds in their raw form (shelled) if you can. The shells contain most of the calcium. I enjoy these seeds sprinkled on a salad.
Food for Thought:People who are on a low-calorie, or low-fat diet do not lose fat as fast because their body will enter starvation mode, conserve and store fat, instead of using it for fat burning. It’s important to also keep a regular regimen of moderate to intense cardiovascular, strength and endurance exercise a few times a week for best results.