Nutrition

How Your Dessert Menu Can Help You Lose Weight

Which treats can you eat to lose weight?

Are you cutting out fats in your diet to lose weight? STOP!

This may surprise you, but the key nutrient for maintaining a healthy body weight is, believe it or not, fat.

Many people try to avoid fat-rich foods to become lean or shred the extra pounds to fit in their dress before New Years. But we must understand that there are different kinds of fat and some are essential for maintaining a healthy body weight.

The good fat

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are present in certain foods that need to be ingested by the body to burn off saturated fats. Because the body does not naturally produce EFAs, it is important that you consciously make an effort to include it in your diet.

EFAs are chemical bonds that attach to fat molecules in the body and are eventually cleaned out of your system. So, when choosing your nutrients look for EFAs instead of saturated fats!

The bad fat

Unfortunately, EFAs and omega-3 fatty acids are not found in ice cream, hamburgers and French fries – as you would have probably wished. These are high in saturated fat, which are inactive and contributes to unwanted fat gain.

You may now be expecting to read about avocados, raw almonds and white fish. But why would I rewrite what is already commonly known?

So, enough of the scientific stuff. Which treats can you eat to lose weight?

Dark Chocolate

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Good news for those with a sweet tooth! Dark chocolate contains pure cocoa butter compared to milk chocolate and is a source of digestion-slowing stearic acid.

So, it takes longer to digest and starves off hunger and hence you eat less food! But again, eat dark chocolate in moderation and don’t go crazy because you know it is good for you.

 Coconut

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The tropical island fruit is known for its health benefits, as it is rich in omega-3. Coconut oil is full of the good fats and is also one of the best sources of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

MCFAs generally digest quicker than long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and have energy boosting properties, which allow you to work out in the gym for longer! To incorporate this into your diet, try cooking with coconut oil. Aside from being more nutritious, it tastes better too!

Peanut butter

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Who doesn’t enjoy a peanut butter snack now and again? Peanut butter is packed with protein and fiber. As a result, peanut butter takes a longer time to digest, which prevents binge eating throughout the day.

A recent study has shown that starting your day with peanut butter can give you a balance of calories and energy. Your digestive system also takes more energy to break down protein. Hence you burn calories just by digesting peanut butter.

All in all, you don’t have to suffer when making healthy meal plans. You can still enjoy your favorite treats while benefitting from the fat loss properties that they provide.

 

Written by Ellinor Smestad 

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Wiktoria is a content writer and illustrator at Shape.

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