When it comes to weight loss, one is bound to feel a little confused and overwhelmed with all the information around. In a bid to lose quick weight, some of us are willing to go to any extent, even if it requires us to eliminate a whole food group from our diet. Doing so could prove severely detrimental to one's health. Some of the naturally occurring fats are required for balancing hormones in the body. Fats are not only essential for our skin health, but also for cell repair and damage. Therefore, we cannot blindly rule out fats from our diet. What we must do is distinguish between the bad and good kinds. Trans-fats and fats found in processed and junk food may induce weight gain and take a toll on your heart health. But 'good fats' that are found in foods listed below may do wonders for your health, and even weight loss. Yes, you heard us! Eating these foods may help keep you full; the fuller you feel, lesser are the chances of you munching endlessly. Besides, the calories found in these foods are not empty in nature.
This festive season when there are options galore to indulge, make a wise call. Try to include as many of these healthy fats in your diet. In fact, you can gift your loved ones these healthy treats this festive season.
Nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews are full of nutrition and omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you tuck into the unsalted dry fruits over the salted and fried ones. Don't forget to practice moderation.
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2. Olive Oil
The Mediterranean wonder is profuse with health benefits that could do wonder for your heart, skin, weight management and weight management. Extra Virgin olive oil is packed with polyunsaturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats that are good for heart. You can prepare a ton of healthy snacks using olive oil for this festive season.
According to Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health practitioner Shilpa Arora, ghee has a very high heat point, which is why it is one of the best oils for cooking. Ghee is also a high source of butyric acid that is incredible for intestinal walls. Also, ghee contains negligible lactose and casein, which is suitable for people who face difficulty in digesting dairy products. Therefore, cooking your snacks and sweets in ghee in place of refined oil would be a better idea this festive season.
It is advisable to grind the flaxseeds to access their beneficial EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids). Flaxseeds are teeming with protein and dietary fibre. The seeds could also help keep your blood sugar stable. Since they are high in potassium, they are beneficial for high blood pressure patients too. Instead of the candies and chips, it would be a good idea to munch on these nutty seeds.
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Stock up on these foods this festive season, but make sure you do not go overboard. Remember, excess of anything is bad. Here's wishing you all a very Happy Diwali 2019.
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