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Eating Non Fattening Avocado For Weight Loss: Avocado Won't Make Me Fat?

Updated on February 21, 2014

Many people who are trying to lose weight will not eat avocados because they are high in fat. In fact, most people believe fat is fattening and won’t eat any food with high fat content. The truth is that all fats are not equal. Not all fats make you fat. Healthy fats have the ability to promote fat loss.

Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats work together with other key nutrients contained in the fruit to promote weight loss. Monounsaturated fat is a slow burning fuel, which allows the feeling of fulness to be sustained longer, which also helps to promote weight loss. One recent study found that people consuming a diet high in simple carbohydrates gained fat around the midsection, while those who ate a diet rich in monounsaturated fats lost fat around the midsection.

Why do some fats make you fat, while others promote weight loss? The typical North American diet of cooked and processed foods is high in saturated fats, trans-fats from hydrogenated oils which do not contain adequate amounts of natural enzymes necessary for proper fat function in the body. In addition, these fats are solid at room temperature, which puts a heavy toll on the body. Over time the bodies fat burning ability becomes severely impaired. The body then begins to exhibit health conditions such as heartburn, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.

These are signs of an over-stressed digestive system. If a nutrient deficient diet has been consumed for a long period of time, it will take some time for a healthy diet to restore the body to maximum fat burning capacity. Replacing an unhealthy diet with a healthy diet which is high in monounsaturated fats such as avocados is the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

Avocados are rich in enzymes which are needed by the body to promote healthy and long-lasting weight loss. When enzymes are missing from the diet, vitamins, minerals and fats are not utilized by the body. The body then becomes stressed, causing food cravings and weight gain.

Enzymes work together with the high monounsaturated fat content in avocados to increase the bodies fat burning capacity. Locally grown, organic avocados are the best source of natural enzymes. Other good sources are papaya, grapes and pineapples.

Avocados are considered to be one of the most nutrient dense fruits. They contain vitamin A, B complex, C, K and a variety of minerals which include iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and potassium and omega 3 fatty acids. All of which are important for healthy metabolism and effective weight management. They are also rich in lutein and soluble fiber. One three ounce serving contains five grams of fiber. A diet rich in fiber is necessary for effective weight loss.

Avocados are a better source of protein than milk. They contain all the essential amino acids which makes them one of the most easily digestible foods. They are low in sugar and are effective at stabilizing blood sugar which is important for weight control. If there is one thing you could do to help promote weight loss, it would be to eat an avocado every day.

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      Charlesetta 

      6 years ago

      I love avocados, and I'm trying to lose weight, I was afraid of the fat as well, thanks for the information, I will continue them in my diet, I stuff sweet garden peppers with avocado, i simply use a white chili powder mix smashed and stuffed, they were great, and has kept me filling full today...thank you again

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      Oremie B 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I agree, I love avocados and I eat them almost every day if I can, partly because I know they contain good fats and are full of nutrients and vitamins. As a trainer I am always advising people to eat them, they also fill out any salad or meal and act as a substantial carb or similar.

      Thanks for confirming my beliefs. Wilkepedia on different fruits/veg is fantastic for learning the amount of vitamins etc in various different fruit, for anyone who wants to know the vitamin content of certain fruits and vegetables.

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      Lose A Stone in 2 Weeks 

      7 years ago

      I love avocados. I used to think they make you fat, but not any more. They are not just healthy, they taste great with toast :)

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      henry1robertson 

      7 years ago

      Very useful and clear information Thank you for such an comprehensive hub.

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      stevemark122000 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Susan and you are welcome!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love avocado's and this is wonderful news, as I have always thought that they were very fattening. Thanks so much for writing this.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Up till now l have been one of the ignoramous´who honestly believed avocados were a definate NO NO when dieting.

      Thank you so much for this hub.

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      Faey Szeuw 

      8 years ago

      Great information.

      I used to hate eating avocado when I was a kid and wonder how on earth people can eat them.

      20 years later and a new tounge, I LOVE avocado. I love the scent. I love the texture. And knowing it's health benefit make me LOVE them even more.

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      Jennifer M 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the info. I wonder does the same apply to guacamole? I know it is made with avocados but do not know what else is in it. I can put guacamole on anything! : )

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I knew avocados were good for you but didn't know they helped burn fat! Fantastic, I'm going to eat more of them cause I just love the flavour. thanks stevemark.

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I did not know about all the other nutritious benefits avocadoes have. Excellent info.

      Thanks

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      zrichards 

      8 years ago from Madison, WI

      The only thing better than avocados is guacamole; delicious. There are so many myths about diets and you put your thumb on a big one, eating fat does not make you fat. Nice hub.

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      gr8info 

      8 years ago

      Thats funny that avacadoes help weight loss. I was automatically eating them when I went on a diet a couple of years ago. I managed to lose 2 stone in a matter of weeks. Although I did cut my calories to about 600 a day and take 40 minitues of full on exercise each day. Great hub

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love avocados and I need to lose some fat! I always thought it was fastening.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am so glad I read this hub. I dearly love avocadas and have not been eating them beacuse of the fat. Now that I know they are ok it will make staying on a diet that much easier. Thanks

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      Lela 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thank you for giving me this info! I am one who does not eat avocados because I thought they were bad for you. I love them and will start eating them again right away! My favorite sandwich is an avocado, tomato, onion sandwich and it does fill me up pretty much for the whole day.

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      LivingFood 

      8 years ago

      Maybe its just in my head, but I find when I eat lots of avocados my joints are much better!

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR

      stevemark122000 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comments dashingclaire, midnightbliss and Petra Vlah!

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      So happy to hear avocado is good for you; I love it and I even planted an avocado tree in my backyard.

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      Haydee Anderson 

      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      very informative.

      avocados are mostly misunderstood to be fattening because of its fat content. i should ve eating more avocados

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      dashingclaire 

      8 years ago from United States

      OMG thank goodness for this hub! I eat avocados when even I can find good ones. They are fab in a veggie salad, and anyother salad I make.

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