Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Often we consider a diet based entirely on fruit and vegetables is the key to weight loss, demonizing fats all the while.
The fact is that a moderate-fat diet actually can help produce better weight loss results in the long-run! Fats, on the other hand, are crucial in the regulation of your overall hormonal balance, including many fat-burning hormones.
Replace high-carb items in your diet with these fat-burning foods that come from the healthy oils found in plant sources and get that flat belly:
Almonds and other nuts:
Almonds and nuts such as pecans, walnuts and cashews slim your tummy by keeping you feel full for a longer periods. They also help in building muscle while reducing cravings. However, skip salted nuts as too much sodium can raise your blood pressure.
Seeds such as sunflower seeds and flaxseeds are ' good fats' that play a vital role in everyone's diet as well as help in weight loss.
Packed with dietary fiber, sunflower seeds could fill you up for longer and keep cravings at bay, while easing digestion at the same time. They are also rich in antioxidant vitamin E, which is essential for skin health.
Flaxseed contains high amount of vitamin B, omega-3-fatty acids and fiber which help you feel full and keep you from being hungry for longer periods of time. They are also low in carbohydrates
The yolk is the most nutritious part of egg loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The protein and fat in the egg help with satiety and weight loss. So, despite its high fat content, whole eggs won't make you gain weight as long as you control overall calories.
Also, whole eggs are not bad for your heart. In fact, consuming whole eggs actually helps improve your good HDL cholesterol to bad LDL cholesterol ratio.
Fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, and trout contain high amount of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D which are helpful in battling belly fat.
Olive is one of those good fats that helps you burn fat and lowers your bad LDL cholesterol due to its monounsaturated fats content in it. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants. Other plant-based liquid oils that are high in monounsaturated fats are - canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil and sesame oil. Foods like avocados, peanut butter are also rich in monounsaturated fats.