Bust: We all know that to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than what you use. But just as, if not more important, is what makes up those calories. People connect low fat or no fat to losing weight simply because that is the one thing they want to get rid off: fat. A third of your calories should come from fat, according to dietician Lyndel Costain.
Some (healthy) fats are actually needed for your overall well being and can help you to lose weight. Healthy fats not only help to absorb key nutrients, but help you feel fuller longer and have more energy too.
Healthy fats include many plant-based foods, such as avocado, nuts, seeds, hemp oil, flaxseed oil, extra virgin olive oil, as well as fish. If you’re trying to drop a few pounds, avoid processed food, refined sugars, animal fat and junk food. There is no substitute for a good diet and exercise when it comes losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.