My top 3 over-rated foods for weight loss are:
– Coconut oil
– Peanut butter
The most important element in successful weight loss is maintaining a calorie deficit. Although avocados and coconut oil can be healthy when consumed in appropriate quantities they are very high in fat, which is very calorie-dense.
Their constant bombardment on social media has created a skewed perception of how these foods fit into a healthy weight loss focused nutrition program.
In order to maintain a calorie deficit without getting hungry it is important to consume plenty of nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods. To put it simply, choose mainly foods that you can eat lots of, rather than foods that are high in calories but you don’t get much quantity for your calorie expenditure.
Let’s take avocados, for example. So many pictures of people having avocado on toast for breakfast or lunch. That is a huge amount of calories for very little food density. In short, you are using up a good third of your daily calories, potentially, without it filling you up very much!
So, am I saying to avoid avocados altogether?
No! What I am saying is – be smart! Consume them in appropriate quantities at an appropriate frequency. A few slices of avocado on a salad a couple of times a week is more than adequate to provide you with their healthy nutrients, but to have avocados as the main ingredient of a main meal, such as breakfast, is going to zap your calories and lead to the one thing that is guaranteed to derail your weight loss progress and the one thing you need to avoid at all costs if your nutrition program is to be sustainable, long-term…HUNGER!!!
In conclusion, avocados, coconut oil and peanut butter are all excellent sources of healthy fats but they should be consumed in appropriate quantities, with consumption focused on maintaining good health, rather than as an aid to weight loss.