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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

3 High-Fat Foods That Will Help You Get A Flat Stomach

People are much more aware nowadays about good nutrition, and also about the pros and cons of having fat in your diet. For instance, it doesn't always follow that by eating fat, you will get fat. On the contrary, fat (in the correct proportion) is seen as an important part of a healthy diet. It's also important for things like your blood sugar level and to ensure that your hormones are in balance. But what is not so well known, is that some foods with a high level of fat content, can actually help you to get lean...

1. Healthy chocolate (that is, dark chocolate with a high level of cacao. It's also great for satisfying hunger pangs - just 2 squares (40 calories) can have the same effect as, for example, a piece of apple pie, or a slice of chocolate cake (500 calories).

Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao can also have a high fiber content, and the sugar content can be relatively low. A good rule of thumb is to look out for chocolate bars whose fat content is the same or higher than the carbohydrate content - those ones are the best quality (from a dieting point of view).

There is another advantage of dark chocolate - it sometimes contains theobromine, which is an antioxidant. This has been shown to help lower blood pressure, among other health benefits.

Also, dark chocolate of this variety will have very low impact on blood sugar, compared to other sweets.

You could avoid all the calories while benefiting from the antioxidants and fiber - how? By using unsweetened cocoa powder (organic) in a "smoothie" or adding it to your own recipes - but this may be a little bitter for your taste.

2. Coconuts contain healthy fats. The milk and oil are great sources of a healthy saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These are converted to energy by your body more readily than other types of fat and are less likely to be stored as body fat. MCTs also help to bolster your immune system because of a component called lauric acid.

3. Butter - yes, real butter that is the produce of grass-fed cows, contains healthy fat and you don't need to avoid it to lose weight. It's to be favoured way above margarine, especially the awful processed margarine that is sold today. Real butter is full of nutrition - and of course, it's delicious too!

Tom Mc Carrick hosts the Diet Solution Guide, where you can get more tips on how to get a flat stomach

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