Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. In that category: Dr. Mehmet Oz's announcement that he's reversed his views on the dangers of all saturated fats. Instead, he's a believer in a recent study showing that "saturated fat in moderation may actually help to create HDL (good cholesterol) in your blood," said Dr. Oz, author of "YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" (click for details).
And while he's not an Atkins diet advocate yet, Dr. Oz does feel that eating healthy fats can boost your weight loss. Worth noting: The low carb high fat (LCHF) ketogenic Atkins diet has been updated to emphasize eating healthy fats as well as fiber in "The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great -- Starting Today."
So which healthy fats should you eat? Dr. Oz recommends:
- Avoid fat-free dairy. Instead, enjoy “medium-fat” dairy products.
- Stop tossing out egg yolks. "Opt for a high-protein full-egg omelet with cheese, bacon and a side of fruit, rather than an egg-white omelet with toast and jam," says Dr. Oz. You can learn more about why egg yolks and related foods are so good for your health and waistline in the new diet book "Eat the Yolks."
- Go cuckoo for coconut oil. Our favorite: Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (click for details).
- Get nutty about nuts. Our tip: Use portion control with Barney Butter Almond Butter 90 Calorie Snack Packs.