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To lose weight, one often thinks they need to omit all the “fat” in their diet. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Your body needs fats in order to function properly and to provide you with the energy you need to feel your best. So it’s not about eliminating fats – it’s about replacing the bad with the good! Take away the saturated and artery clogging trans fats found in processed foods, cakes, cookies, chocolate, ice cream, and deep fried goods. Replace them with unsaturated “healthy” fats.

Some healthy fats may actually “boost” your weight loss efforts too! Yes, you read that right – by incorporating the “right” healthy fats into your meal plan, you can shed the pounds and reach your weight loss goals!

Here is a list of  5 Healthy Fatty Foods To Boost Weight Loss:

AvocadoPacked with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds, avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that signals your brain that you’re full. Half a medium sized avocado contains roughly 138 calories, 14.1g fat and 3.4 grams of fiber. Add avocado to your favorite egg dish, salad, sandwich, smoothie or simply mash it and serve with veggies.

Wild Salmon – Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which help your organs function properly and aid in cell activity within your body. Salmon is low in saturated fat and calories but high in protein. Salmon is also an excellent source of niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium. Enjoy at least 2x a week.

Raw Nuts & Natural Nut Butters – Nuts are a great source of protein, healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and magnesium. Just keep the portion sizes in check as the calories can add up quickly! One handful is generally a one ounce serving. Nuts are perfect to eat on their own, sprinkled on top of your morning oatmeal, afternoon salad or stirred into some Greek yogurt.

Flax Seeds – Flax seeds contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids; the good fats your body needs. They also have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which help with keeping you full longer. Add 1-2 Tbsp to your morning oatmeal, stir into yogurt and blend into your favorite smoothie. * Be sure to use ground flax seed – as your body absorbs the nutrients better.

Coconut Oil –  Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fatty acid that boosts metabolism and is used by the body for immediate energy. Coconut oil also slows down the digestion of food which will help you feel fuller after a meal. Use it in place of other oils, as a replacement for butter on toast or popcorn, in cooking and baking or blend into your smoothies.