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Weight Loss Myth: Avoiding All Dietary Fat Can Help You Lose Weight

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The truth is, your body needs some fat to absorb vitamins like A, D, E, and K, and some health-protecting phytochemicals--plant-based antioxidants found in leafy green vegetables like spinach. So a tablespoon of olive oil on your salad may be good for you. Why? You may have heard of “good fats” and “bad fats.”

Good fats such as those found in fish, nuts, avocados, olives and vegetable oils such as olive, canola, sesame and nut can be healthy in calorie conscious amounts. When reducing “bad fats” from your diet, you may want to focus on working toward eliminating saturated and trans fats. Examples of bad fats include saturated fats: fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat (tallow), lard and cream, butter, cheese and other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk, and trans fats found in fried foods and baked goods, especially those containing partially hydrogenated oils.

It may be good to remember that even good fats can pack a caloric punch (about 120 calories a tablespoon), so stressing portion control is important when trying to lose weight.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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Tips for weight loss
Do not pop any pills.
Only excersize (like walking / running) is not enough.
Use simple tips like below for loosing weight.

Fill up on fiber.

You can curb your hunger by increasing your intake of dietary fiber, which is filling, so you feel full but eat less. For these diet tips, experts recommend eating more fruits, vegetables and wholegrain cereals.


Drinking a volume of water will increase your metabolism and this is what you want to take place if you want to lose weight. So, realistically, if you drink about a gallon of H20 per day, you can rid yourself of ten pounds in a week. If you speed up your metabolism, it stands to reason that you’re going to start burning calories and resultantly lose weight.

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January 26, 2011 - 5:02am
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I agree. Healthy fats in moderation are necessary. Those fat free foods on the market often have a sneaky way to still make one fat. It's usually in the way of higher sugar content, often by way of high fructose corn syrup or other corn based sweeteners. If it's not in this manner, there is a higher carbohydrate ratio. And, those artificial sweeteners don't help at all. The brain's satiation center will still be looking for the calories that go with the sweet taste, which is something I learned from watching Dr. Amen's show on PBS.

Some people will also benefit by doing some research about Tyramine Intolerance, because some of the foods mentioned above and in the article are also foods that people can react to if people have Tyramine Intolerance. Knowing about the Tyramine Intolerance connection may even help some people avoid these foods, which can in turn help some people lose weight.

January 25, 2011 - 10:08am
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