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Many fad diets claim an eating plan super low in fat is healthful, but this doesn't take into account the health benefits of many "healthy" fats. Remember, moderation is key to getting the nutrients you need.
So what are healthy fats? Here's a quick guide:
- Omega-3 fats: Scientists believe omega-3 fats (found in fish) may influence how fat is used and stored in the body. It is possible omega-3s push fat more toward energy use than to storage in your body. Omega-3s may help reduce body fat with or without cutting calories. Animal studies have supported the theory; human studies are encouraging, but not as conclusive. Add exercise on top of upping omega-3s and you can lose more body fat.
- Monounsaturated fats: Found in nuts, olive and canola oils and avocados, monounsaturated fats improve blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease, and they may help with keeping blood sugar levels in check. This potentially helpful for appetite control and reducing the risk for diabetes. A few studies have looked at monounsaturated fats as being beneficial for specifically reducing belly fat, but firm findings are lacking.
For more tips on adding healthy fats to your eating plan, consult a registered dietitian in your area and learn more here.
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