Are Avocados Bad For You if You’re Trying to Lose Weight?

 

 

If you’re trying to lose those last stubborn 10 pounds, it might seem like sensible logic to avoid foods with a high fat content. One gram of fat equals 9 calories, unlike carbohydrates and protein, which both contain 4 calories per gram. One tablespoon of an avocado, half the average serving size of two tablespoons, contains 14 grams of fat … that’s 126 calories in just one tablespoon … aren’t avocados, then, bad for you if you’re trying to lose weight?

If one gram of fat has more than twice the calories as carbs and protein, it would make sense to avoid avocados and avocado oil, if you’re trying to lose weight, right?

Wrong.

Even though it might seem like avocados are packed with fat, over 70-75% of the fat in an avocado, and by extension, the ‘green gold’ avocado oil grown at Bella Vado grove, is heart-healthy, unrefined monounsaturated fat, which has clinically been proven to help with weight loss.

That’s right: eating the right types of fats like avocados, which are rich in monounsaturated fats, as well as heart-healthy Omega-3’s (a polyunsaturated fat; avocados have a bit of this, too) can help you lose weight, according to several studies (including this one).

You Gotta Eat ... Help Stay Full So You Don’t Binge Later by Cooking with Avocado Oil

If the nutrition mathematics at the beginning of this blog still scares you off ... the fact that one-fifth an avocado is packed with over 100 calories, look at it this way. In order to function properly throughout the day, without suffering energy crashes, you need to eat regularly. That means three meals a day. (If you can’t stomach solid foods at breakfast, do a healthy veggie/fruit drink with a splash of avocado oil for your healthy natural fat intake).

Also eat natural fats like avocados or avocado oil at every meal.

It’s a good thing natural fats like avocado oil are calorie-dense. If you restrict fat from your diet, the chances of you becoming hungry--and irritable--eventually sometime during the day (usually nighttime) will be quite high. And if you’re fat-phobic, guess what you’ll likely replace fat with in your diet: carbs.

Carbs aren’t necessarily bad. Just like all fats aren’t created equally, of course, the same is true of carbs. The problem is that most people who skimp out on fat and eat more carbs usually opt for carbs that quickly convert into sugar: refined breads, pastries, noodles and potatoes.

The fat in avocados and avocado oil will help you feel full longer so you won’t be ravenously hungry later.

Avocado Oil Helps You Burn More Calories

Oleic and linoleic acid are two types of monounsaturated fat plentifully found in avocado oil. In addition to promoting weight loss, these fats are heart-healthy (something we’ve covered on this blog [link]) and help regulate cholesterol levels.

Something else that monounsaturated fats do: they help raise your basal metabolic heart rate (BMR), which is a measure of how many calories your body is burning doing nothing on the couch, or sleeping. Functions like a heart beating, burns calories, and the higher your BMR rate, the more calories you’ll burn.

Does that mean you can sit on your couch all day eating chips cooked in our green gold avocado oil, thereby producing a heart-healthier chip?

Of course not, but take comfort in the fact, that delicious avocado and avocado oil can be part of your weight loss program.

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