“Fattening” Foods That You Should Never Cut From Your Diet

June 23, 2016  |  
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Finally, some good diet news: You don’t have to cut all of the fat from your personalized menu. This is especially true if you’re on a diet.

We’ve all been encouraged to grab the non-fat option when we have a few pounds we want to shed. However, recent studies have found that cutting out all of the fat in your diet isn’t always necessary. In fact, if you skip out on these foods, you could be missing out on some of the healthy stuff that keeps your skin beautiful and your hair strong.

The even better news? Some fatty foods are so good for you that they actually help you lose weight by keeping you full. So if you’ve been kicking these foods out of your fridge or saying “Thanks, but no thanks” when they’re offered to you at family gatherings, it’s time to give them another shot. Your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.

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Eggs

The fat and cholesterol in eggs have gotten a bad rap. But eggs, especially the yolk, are actually good for your health. And having this good protein for breakfast helps keep you full.

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Avocado

Yes, they’re full of fat. But it’s the good, heart-healthy kind. In fact they’re so healthy, people who eat avocados regularly actually live longer.

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Peanut Butter

A dollop of peanut butter makes any fruit and veggie snack more filling. And if you’re working out later, you definitely want this all-natural energy booster in your stomach.

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Olives

Sure, they have 15 grams of fat per cup, but olives also help prevent cancer and relieve allergy symptoms all while keeping you healthy. However, if you are watching your salt intake, stick to a moderate amount of this high-sodium snack.

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Dark Chocolate

This is a must-have snack, especially if your diet has been giving you a bad attitude. Not only does dark chocolate keep your heart healthy, it releases the chemical serotonin that will put you in a better mood.

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Cheese

This is one food you can always skip the diet version of. Full-fat dairy actually helps you keep weight off more effectively than the low-fat kind.

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Butter

For a healthy option, choose the grass-fed butter. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. And it keeps your energy levels high by helping you burn sugar and carbohydrates longer.

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Cream

It just belongs in coffee. Full-fat cream helps keep your blood sugar stable and keeps your coffee buzz around longer. It also helps cut down on the jitters. Plus, low-fat versions just aren’t as good for you.

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Bacon

Low-carb diets have put bacon back on the plates of many, and thank goodness because it’s delicious.

Bacon is also a good source of protein and heart-healthy fat. So don’t be afraid to have the real stuff. Options lower in fat like turkey bacon will save you a few calories, but some brands of turkey bacon actually pack a lot more salt per slice.

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Salad Dressing

Passing on diet salad dressing is good for two reasons: You will skip out on the added sugar and other chemical fillers that give diet salad dressing it’s taste. Plus, adding fat to your veggies helps you absorb more of their nutrients to make your salad even healthier.

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Yogurt

If you’re watching your carbs, full-fat yogurt is actually the better choice. It has less sugar and more protein than the diet versions.

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Ice Cream

Unless you just love the flavor, opt for ice cream instead of frozen yogurt. It’s actually healthier for you.

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Red Meat

The new news on red meat is that it’s not as bad for you as previously thought–as long as you opt for the pricier grass-fed beef option. This healthy choice is full of omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart. And it’s leaner, which will put less of a dent in your diet while giving you lots of great protein.

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Salmon

The fat is what makes this fish delicious and a good part of your diet. If you’re concerned about your heart health, or need good brain food to help you get through a busy day, this delicious fish definitely belongs on your plate at least once a week.

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