6 Indulgent High-Calorie Foods That Actually Help You LOSE Weight
Lose More Weight By Eating These 6 Delicious, High-Calorie Foods
You’ve probably heard the same weight loss advice I have: cut calories!
A lot of trainers like to say that weight loss comes down to basic math. This means that people should lose weight if we burn more calories than we eat. After all, fat is just calories our bodies store so we can use them later!
But not all calories are created equal.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
100 calories from a can of soda don’t have the same nutrients or fiber that 100 calories of chicken do. The soda will leave you thirstier and won’t even touch your hunger. But the chicken gives you protein for strong muscles and helps curb your appetite.
And this holds true even for high-calorie foods! Foods like avocado, certain nuts, and fish all pack a big calorie count.
But they also bring nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats to the table. These foods are so good for you that you might be hindering your weight loss goals by avoiding them!
Sure, it’s easy to make fun of avocado toast. After all, it’s been branded as a silly millennial fad But those 20-40 somethings are on to something. Avocados are packed with benefits. And they can be added to nearly any dish, which makes them phenomenal for just about every eating style.
Every avocado is packed with both potassium and fiber. Most of us aren’t getting enough potassium. And this is especially bad news for anyone with high blood pressure, since potassium promotes healthier blood pressure levels.
Avocados also bring a ton of fiber to your meal. And fiber might not be the first thing you think of when you want to lose weight, but it should at least make your list of top ten concerns.
Fiber regulates gut health, which reduces bloating. It also makes you feel more satisfied after a meal, so you won’t be hungry again in an hour or two.
And before you start worrying about an avocado’s fat content, rest assured that all of that fat is a healthy fat! Avocados contain oleic acid, which is where most of their fat content comes from. Oleic acid reduces levels of bad cholesterol while giving you a little energy boost.
So the next time you’re cooking up some eggs or browning some meat, add half an avocado to the side of your plate. Slice some into a salad or, if you’re feeling daring, use an avocado to replace butter the next time you bake.
2) Macadamia Nuts
Most of us only think of macadamia nuts when we think of cookies. But these little calorie bombs are much more versatile than we give them credit for. And, calorie for calorie, they offer huge benefits for weight loss.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
These little nuts are completely cholesterol free. And though they have a fair amount of fat, it’s similar in nature to the fats found in avocados. The scientific name for it is palmitoleic acid, while avocados have oleic acid.
Palmitoleic acid improves your metabolism. And part of how it does that is through supporting healthy insulin levels.
So not only do macadamia nuts help improve your cholesterol, but they equip your body for better weight loss too.
You can munch macadamia nuts as part of a snack or add them to a meal. They’re great as a crunchy topping for fish or when slivered onto a salad. And, of course, you can add them to homemade superfood cookies.
3) Egg Yolks
I think we’re all a little excited to learn that egg whites and boiled chicken are no longer considered the “healthiest meal.”
Twenty years ago, this combination was all the rage. But modern research now tells us that egg yolks might be too important to skip.
Some researchers still think eggs are too cholesterol-heavy. But modern research shows that the cholesterol in eggs isn’t going to spike your body’s cholesterol levels. Instead, it’s the food you eat along with your eggs.
And egg yolks have a lot more hidden inside than just cholesterol. They offer a huge protein bump over egg whites.
On top of that, yolks contain a lot of nutrients most of us aren’t getting enough of. These include selenium, lutein, choline, vitamin A, and vitamins B2 and B12.
So go ahead and scramble a few eggs, boil some up for a chef salad, or indulge in some healthy egg salad. You’re giving your body nutrients it needs while packing in protein that will keep your tummy full and your muscles healthy.
4) Chia Seeds
I’ll be honest… I’ve never been sure how to eat chia seeds. But after looking at all of their health benefits, I’ll definitely have to learn!
Chia seeds are 40% fiber. This makes them a great source of fiber, especially if you’re gluten-free, since most grains are off your plate.BRAND NEW: These Delicious Desserts Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
On top of that, chia seeds are high in both calcium and magnesium. And magnesium is one of weight loss’s unsung heroes. It boosts your energy, helps you sleep better, and can promote a healthy blood sugar balance.
One ounce of chia seeds contains around 130 calories. Which, for something so little, is quite a punch. But they’re well worth the added calories for the nutrients and satiety they’ll bring to your morning smoothie.
If you guessed we’re going to talk about healthy fats again, you’d be right! Nuts, in general, contain a lot of fat.
But they also contain a huge amount of protein. Just one ounce of almonds offers 6 grams of protein. By contrast, one ounce of egg white only has 3.1 grams of protein.
But protein isn’t the only thing almonds have to offer. One ounce of almonds contains 3.3 grams of fiber. On top of that, almonds also have noticeable levels of iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
All of these benefits add up to make almonds the perfect weight loss snack.
Sure, they’re higher in calories than, say, popcorn. But their fiber will keep you full, their protein will protect your muscles, and the trace nutrients help keep your body in balance so it functions more efficiently.
Almonds also make a great pesto, are a welcome, crunchy addition to any salad, and can even top seafood for a burst of delicate flavor.
Like avocados and almonds, salmon is a high-calorie, high-fat menu item that you should not pass up.
Salmon is another source of healthy fats, though this time they are Omega 3 fatty acids. And if that phrase sounds familiar, it’s for a good reason.
Omega 3 fatty acids can help with everything from lowering cholesterol to improving blood sugar levels. There is even some evidence that Omega 3s reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s and may even help maintain healthy eyes as you age.
Some people absolutely cannot stand fish. But even if that’s you, try to make an attempt at salmon now and again.
And, as a bonus, it goes great with almonds, avocados, and even eggs! Sure, the meal will be have a huge calorie count… but the benefits would be staggering.
You’re probably still skeptical about the benefits of some high-calorie foods. And I really can’t blame you.BRAND-NEW: 5 “Living Nutrients” That Can Trigger Rapid Fat Loss!
For years, we’ve been told that cutting calories is the only sure way to lose weight. But there’s more to it than that.
High-calorie foods can help you on your weight loss journey in so many ways. Whether they’re full of fiber or packed with protein, they’ll help keep you full and energized.
And, at least with the foods listed above, all of those calories come with a wide complement of nutrients that many of us need more of.
So give some of these foods a try. Some of them might not work for you… but I’m willing to bet you’ll be surprised by how easily these foods fit into your diet and how good they make you feel.
Full-Fat Cheese: The Unexpected Weight Loss Food Nobody Told You About?
Cheese has been demonized for YEARS because of its high saturated fat content…
And now, scientists are discovering nutrients in cheese that are associated with many promising health benefits that were never considered in the past –including weight loss!
For example, a Danish research team concluded that eating THIS kind of cheese helps improve your health by raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
So if you had crossed cheese off of your diet… it’s time to reverse that decision!