Fat is your friend… and food! No, really. For those of us who feel frustrated when it comes to losing weight, our first step in trying to shed extra pounds is to avoid fats like the plague.
If you’re on a mission to improve your fitness and healthy eating habits, eating fat is essential.
Yeah, it’s true.
There are MANY high-fat foods that aren’t just healthy- they’re crucial contributors to fat-loss.
In this post, we’ll go over…
5 Fatty Foods To Eat To Lose Weight After Baby.
The alpha and omega of healthy fats, if you’ve spent any time in the fitness community, you’ll know that avocado is a fan favorite. If you’re just starting your health and wellness journey, you might be shocked that super-fit folks are willing to eat a 300 calorie, fat-rich vegetable without batting an eye.
The fact is, Avocados are an incredibly healthy fat that you should consume regularly. If you’re trying to trim down, you can eat ½ an avocado as part of a balanced meal.
Avocados are full of nutrients and fiber. So make sure you keep those avocados on hand.
Eating nuts is another great snack that is super nutrient-dense and full of healthy fats. Not to mention, they taste great on a ton of foods, so they’re easy to incorporate into your meals.
The healthiest nuts you can crunch on are almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and cashews. If you’re looking for a snack that’ll quench your need for crunch- or a healthy way to add texture to your meal, nuts are perfect.
Yeah, it’s true. Most of us LOVE cheese, and to imagine you can enjoy it while eating healthy and getting fit seems too good to be true.
Well, it isn’t.
Cheese is a super healthy addition to your diet (as long as you’re not lactose intolerant, of course).
Just make sure you’re mindful of your portion sizes if you’re trying to tone up. Fat is healthy, but too much of a good thing can still result in delayed progress.
Some of the healthiest cheeses you can eat are Feta, Mozzarella, Blue cheese, and many more. Here’s a link where you can find a whole list of super healthy cheeses!
Most chocolate fans can find ourselves feeling a bit deprived while learning newer and healthier habits. But you don’t need to deprive yourself (a healthy, successful, and toned life has no room for deprivation, my friend). If you want to satisfy your chocolate cravings outside of a treat meal, go ahead and have some Dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. For some, it’s flavor can be a bit intense, but having some dark chocolate is actually a healthy addition to your day (in moderation, of course).
While it is true that avoiding oily, fatty foods is healthy, not all oils are created equal. Olive oil is a beautiful, delicious, and healthy oil that you can use while cooking or making salad dressings. Adding a touch of olive oil to a dish is a great way to get some of your essential fats without having to fit your meal around it.
There’s Way More Healthy Fats Out There For You To Enjoy!
So don’t be afraid to do some more research! Here’s a link to a more extensive list with other healthy fats to try!
The most important thing to remember is that your focus must be HEALTH. Whatever goals you envision for your figure will accompany a healthy and active lifestyle. Here’s some stuff you SHOULD avoid if you want to lose weight.
Don’t Under Eat Your Calories
It’s true that weight-loss is mostly just math. In order to understand the calorie deficit you need, you’ll first figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain weight.
From this, you’ll understand that eating fewer calories = losing weight and eating more calories = gaining weight.
Make sure you consult a doctor, wellness professional, or use an approved online app to help you determine the calorie deficit you need to meet your goals.
But once you do, do NOT under eat. You will sabotage yourself. It not only makes staying on track almost impossible, but it’ll also harm your body and make it even harder to lose weight.
Don’t Use A Scale To Measure Your Progress
I know you might be thinking…
But listen for a sec…
The number on the scale is the WORST way you can measure your progress.
The simple fact is, your “weight” can fluctuate like CRAZY for a PLETHORA of reasons… not to mention… MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT.
If you’re simply going off of what the scale says, you’re likely to feel like you’re hitting plateaus or GAINING WEIGHT.
This is detrimental not just to your goals, but also to your mental health. Yeah, guess what… you’re mental health is just as important as your physical health. They go hand-in-hand.
What you can do instead is invest in a BMI scale, and record your measurements. Using a simple number scale is trash, but a quality BMI scale is both affordable and helpful (this is the one I have. It’s great, go check the reviews).
When you track your measurements, you’ll usually see consistent progress. While you’re gaining muscle and slimming down, your unhealthy fat will be melting off.
But if you’re just focusing on how much you weigh, you’ll may not notice the transformation happening.
It’s also a good idea to take progress pics. I know this is super tough, but there’s no better measure for success than seeing yourself get stronger and fitter on film.
Don’t Avoid Your Favorite Treats
A healthy life is all about moderation. Just because you’re trying to get a specific result doesn’t mean you can never enjoy your favorite unhealthy foods. Just be mindful of your eating. The end goal of your fitness journey should be to learn how to intuitively eat without having to count calories.
You’ll know how to listen to your body and enjoy the foods you love without binging. You need to keep your happiness as part of your journey. A healthy lifestyle is not the end of eating delicious foods… It’s just expanding your diet- and your mindset- to include healthy foods that make you feel AMAZING.
Because you WILL feel AMAZING when you eat right and get active in a healthy way.