Healthy eating goes hand in had with weight loss, so if you want to improve your overall health you need to take steps to lose weight.
This would mean looking at what you eat, but despite what you may have read certain foods are required.
For instance fat, which you may think will cause weight gain, but in reality is needed for your body.
This is not to say that all fats are good for you, certain ones should be avoided. For instance saturated and trans fats.
It is these types of fat that cause weight gain and will put a strain onto your heart too. This is because eating these fats will cause an increase in LDL or bad cholesterol.
Read on to learn a few solutions to help you cut bad fat from your diet.
#1: Try to cut back on solid fats
Solid fats include butter and margarine, which are often used when cooking.
Perhaps try using herbs and spices to flavour your foods instead of using these.
#2: Food swaps
There are often lower fat alternatives available.
For instance you could use a healthy spread instead of using butter, or perhaps use canola or olive oil to cook with.
#3: Check those labels
When looking at foods in the supermarket you should always spend a little time reading the product labels to check what the food actually contains.
You would be surprised to learn that many foods contain hidden fats, even in those foods that you think are healthy.
#4: Change your habits
So you have decided to cut back on the bad fats while at home, so you should continue this habit when eating out too.
You can ask for any sauces or dressing to be put on the side when at a restaurant, or even better still leave it off altogether.
#5: Not all fats are bad
Like we said at the start of the article, not all fats are bad. You just need to make sure you are getting the right ones.
These good fats include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Omega-6 fatty acids
- Monounsaturated fats
- Polyunsaturated fats
So try to eat some of the following foods daily:
Fatty fish like salmon or trout, canola oil, walnuts, vegetable oils, soy nuts, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, and nut butters, as well as avocados.