Conventional diet advice tells us that if we want to lose weight, we need to eat less fat. The problem? The conventional advice is completely wrong. If you really want to get in shape, let go of “low fat” foods and eat these 5 fatty foods instead. (Photo: Getty Images)
Conventional diet advice tells us that if we want to lose weight, we need to eat less fat. The problem? The conventional advice is completely wrong. If you really want to get in shape, let go of “low fat” foods and eat these 5 fatty foods instead.
1. Grass-Fed Butter
It may seem counterintuitive at first to make fats the core of the Bulletproof Diet, but given how much your body needs them, it makes sense. Eating a lot of healthy fats is actually much better for you than eating high amounts of almost any other type of food. One of the best ways to get more fat in your diet is to add grass-fed butter to your meals. Butter from grass-fed animals is high in fat-soluble vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins A, E, D, and K. Grain feeding causes a massive drop in all the beneficial compounds in butter, introduces new toxins, and raises omega-6 levels. It’s crucial to choose grass-fed butter every time in order to optimize the health benefits that butter offers.
Avocados are a plant source of monounsaturated fat that are easy to make into a delicious and quick meal. Technically the avocado is a fruit, but its nutrient content makes it far more similar to a vegetable. You can eat them raw, mash them up with a small amount of MCT oil and salt, or put them on top of pastured fried eggs. They are one of the most versatile Bulletproof foods you can eat. Just don’t cook them!
3. Grass-Fed Animal Fat
Grass-fed animal fat includes bone marrow, tallow, and lard but does not include poultry fat. These Bulletproof-approved fats are high in nutrients, essential fatty acids, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and fat-soluble nutrients that are hard to get elsewhere. These are the most Bulletproof sources of fats on earth and can be added to stocks to create creamy, flavorful soups and stews.
4. Coconut/MCT Oil
In order to optimize the weight loss benefits of eating fat you have to make sure you are consuming the right kinds of fat. The most stable fats are saturated, while the unstable, easily oxidized, and therefore inflammatory fats are polyunsaturated fats. Canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower oils are all polyunsaturated. So what oil actually improves your health and aids in weight loss? Virgin coconut oil. This oil has more saturated fat than almost any other food, making it a good choice for cooking because it’s so stable. You can also add it to your coffee in the morning in order to boost brain function, increase ketone formation, and assist in fat loss.
5. Pastured Eggs
Except for potassium and some amino acids, most of the nutrients in eggs are in the yolks, which are extremely high in micronutrients. This means egg-white omelets are not Bulletproof! Just like butter, egg yolks lose most of their nutritional benefits when they come from an animal that was fed antibiotics and GMO corn and soy, which is the diet of essentially all chicken you’ll find in supermarkets. Pastured egg yolks have a deep-golden color from the vitamin A and antioxidants, while grain-fed eggs look like regular grain-fed butter — pale and watery. If you want to use eggs to help you lose weight you must make sure they are pastured eggs.
I know the idea of eating more fat to lose weight can be tough to swallow. After all, we’ve been taught our whole lives that fats are the enemy. Give these diet tricks a try though and watch the pounds fly off. Then you’ll see with your own eyes the secret to getting skinny: eat more fat.
Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology, losing 100 pounds, upgrading his IQ, and lowering his biological age. He runs the No. 1-ranked iTunes health podcast and The Bulletproof Executive blog about using biohacking to increase human performance — and he invented Bulletproof Coffee.
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