You hear a lot about good fat and bad fat these days. Conventional medicine often gets the “bad” part all wrong. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Today I want to talk about good and bad BODY fat instead.
Because some of your body fat is good. Some of it is kind of bad. And then there’s one type of body fat, in particular, that’s downright terrible.
It’s linked to inflammation and chronic disease, especially diabetes. But new research reveals a simple way to help redistribute your body fat, so you end up with less of the terrible stuff.
But don’t worry. It’s not a painful exercise program or a starvation diet either. It’s a single (delicious) food that you can add to your meals.
And the best part of all? Chances are you’re going to love it.
I’m talking about the humble avocado. It’s already one of my absolute favorite foods. I eat one nearly every morning with a sprinkle of sea salt.
And if you can work it into your daily routine too, this rich and tasty treat can get to work inside your body, rearranging your fat stores so that you get a healthier balance where it matters most.
Dangerous body fat linked to diabetes
Nearly everyone loves avocado. But many folks consider it a “sometimes food” because it’s calorie-dense and LOADED with fat.
But I’ve got good news. You don’t have to worry about any of that.
First of all, those are GOOD calories. They’re so filling that your appetite will be more easily satisfied, so you naturally eat less overall.
Plus, the fats you’re getting in that delicious avocado are GOOD fats. They’re loaded with health benefits, including a unique fat molecule called avocatin B known to help prevent diabetes.
Now, the new study reveals another key benefit, and it’s all about that fat distribution I just mentioned.
The worst spot for fat likely ISN’T where you think. It’s not the unsightly blubber that clings to your hips, butt, or thighs. In fact, it’s a type of fat you can’t even see.
Visceral fat builds up out of sight deep inside the abdomen. And you don’t have to be overweight to have some of it hiding out in your body. The inflammatory killer fat slowly “strangles” your internal organs. It narrows blood vessels and raises blood pressure. And the more visceral fat you have, the higher your risk of diabetes rises.
Visceral fat isn’t just hard to see either. It’s hard to burn off, too. But it turns out avocados may be able to help.
Tasty fat-rich avocado targets ‘bad’ belly fat
In the study of women, an avocado a day…
- REDUCED the levels of visceral fat
- IMPROVED the ratio of visceral fat to subcutaneous fat
Subcutaneous fat is the far less dangerous stuff that lurks just beneath the skin. And while we might not like the look of it, it doesn’t pose the same dangers to our health that deep fat does.
In other words, while avocado-eating didn’t trigger measurable weight loss, it did something even more critical. It appears to have redistributed the fat making it far less risky.
The researchers behind the new study believe that the changes in fat ratios mean the dangerous fat is being forced OUT of its worst hiding spots and INTO places where it’s much less likely to hurt you.
Once dragged out of those secret spots, it’s also much easier to burn off when you add in better eating habits overall, such as slashing carbs and sugars.
Of course, this means eating an avocado every day. But if you like them as much as I do, that’s a challenge you’ll love taking on.
Avocados work as a spread on top of grilled chicken… turned into guacamole… and of course, a couple of slices makes any salad infinitely better.
Unfortunately, this particular avocado trick didn’t appear to work for men. Only the ladies got these specific benefits during the study period.
But guys, feel free to enjoy some avocado anyway. There are plenty of other avocado health benefits to go around.