In the same way as we discussed exercise myths in one of my other articles which you have probably been told were true I don’t doubt that some of you will have also been told to avoid eating fat if you want to lose weight. I am going to try to show you why considering the nutritional value of food is more important than counting the calories contained within it. Most of the vitamins and minerals in the food we eat is stored in the fat within that food. If you were to just compare calorific value then you may end up choosing a bag of crisps instead of a portion of nuts even though you already probably know that the nuts are better for you!
How to burn fat: Steak (Average 308 calories per 200g)
Steak is both filling and very nutritious and should form part of everyone’s diet. Red meat has had very bad press over the last few years but steak is one of the most complete foods available for us to eat. It provides us with essential fats, both omega-3 and omega6, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
How to burn fat: Avocado (Average 275 calories per fruit)
We are encouraged to add fruit into our diet in an effort to remain healthy but people shy away from the Avocado due to it’s high fat content, and as a result high calorie content. An avocado contains approximately 3 times as many calories as an apple but it’s nutritional value is around 20 times higher. Vitamins B, E & K can be found along with high fibre and high monounsaturated fat content. Avocados can help lower LDL and HDL cholesterol.
How to burn fat: Sunflower Seeds (Average 485 calories per 100g)
While sunflower seeds are again high in fat they are rich in vitamin E which is needed by every cell in the body. 50g of seeds will get you your daily recommended amount. In addition to this you will also be getting essential fatty acids, amino acids and dietary fibre along with cholesterol lowering phytosterols.
How to burn fat: Nuts (Average 650 calories per 100g)
As I mentioned in the introduction there are a lot more calories in a handful of nuts than there are in a bag of crisps and people are constantly telling you avoid crisps because of the high calorie content so you logically avoid nuts right? Not necessarily. The calories in a bag of crisps are empty calories, no real nutritional benefit whereas nuts provide nutrients such as selenium, magnesium and copper. They are also rich in omega-6 fatty acids and have the added bonus of being very satisfying for your appetite meaning you’ll snack less in between meals.
How to burn fat: Oily Fish (Average 200 calories per 100g)
Fish like salmon and mackerel are high in omega-3 fat which as I mentioned before is essential for your health, especially brain function. This will help keep you focused which is especially