Dr. Mehmet Oz has recently featured several experts who advocate eating a high fat diet for health and weight loss, such as Dr. David Perlmutter's "Grain Brain" diet. On his Feb. 7 talk show, Dr. Oz revealed the latest research on which healthy fats can actually boost your weight loss and burn calories faster. Plus: Find out about a new diet supplement that actually melts fat.
To supercharge your weight loss Dr. Oz recommends eating the right fats and using a new supplement occasionally. His three-step diet teaches you how to achieve those goals.
First, eat monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs. Examples include avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts like cashews, almonds and pecans, nut butters and dark chocolate. A study from the American Diabetic Association found that eating a diet rich in MUFAs reduces belly fat.
How much should you eat? Dr. Oz recommends choosing a serving with each meal and consuming 50 percent of your calories from fat in the form of MUFAs. Sample portions:
- A quarter avocado
- 10 olives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nuts
- 2 tablespoons nut butter, such as Barney Butter Almond Butter 90 Calorie Snack Packs
- A quarter cup of dark chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips, 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
The second step to this diet: Eat PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids). Found in fatty fish such as salmon, seaweed, some seeds and sunflower oil, PUFAs boost the metabolism while breaking down fat cells. The latest study showed these healthy fats increased weight loss in obese women.
For optimal results, include at least two PUFA-rich foods into your meals every day. Here are some good examples:
- 3 ounces of fish
- Seaweed snacks, such as Annie Chun's Seaweed Snacks, Roasted Sesame
- A shot glass of pine nuts
- 1 ounce of sunflower seeds, such as Bob's Red Mill Natural Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed oil
The third step to the fat-busting diet: A new supplement high in fiber called alpha-cyclodextrin (FBCx). Dr. Oz says that FBCx prevents your body from absorbing bad fats. As a result, this weight loss supplement reduces the total number of calories that you eat while protecting your heart from the damage done by bad fats.
Dr. Oz recommends using FBCx for those occasions when you've eaten a fatty meal. Limit yourself to a maximum of two grams a few times each week. Studies show that this supplement can reduce calories by as much as 500 daily, so take with a meal. (Note: The patented form in the United States is from Calorease, and is sold on Amazon: Calorease - Easy Weight Management Aid - click for details.)
A company representative told us that "Calorease is the dietary supplement made from super fiber, FBCx, that has been shown to bind to the fat in foods and reduce up to 500 calories a day. It can help you maintain a healthy weight without the restrictions of a low fat diet, or adding on to your exercise program."