So what's a MUFA, you ask?
Monounsaturated fatty acid.
In yesterdays comments, Kav mentioned sunflower seeds for busting belly fat, which reminded me of eating sunflower seeds with my breakfast while I was on the Flat Belly Diet a couple of years ago. I did the online plan for a while, and I also own the book. I thought I'd share a little about it today since we've been talking about going low carb and eating better for the new year.
Wait! I shouldn't say we're talking about it. I should say we're DOING it! (Now picture me jumping up and down, shaking my pom poms, cheering us on.) :)
On the Flat Belly Diet website, they say their "program is based largely on eating a fairly high-fat diet. But not just any fat. The fats we're talking about are called MUFAs, which stands for monounsaturated fatty acid.
"And not only do MUFAs target your belly fat, but experts believe they help prevent and even eliminate central fat distribution in your body."
Now, I'm all for getting rid of this belly fat! That's what sent me to the website in the first place. Among other things, the diet program recommends eating a serving of MUFA at each meal. Thus, the sunflower seeds with my breakfast! :)
Since I was on an egg white omelet kick a while back, I got my MUFA in the olive oil I cooked it in. More recently, I've been eating a half a whole wheat bagel with my MUFA: peanut butter.
Trying to get MUFA's in every meal isn't too difficult. You just need to be creative. I thought I'd list some sources of healthy fats in case any of you would like to try adding these to your meals.
Nuts and seeds (walnuts are best from what I've read, but also sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and peanuts)
Olive, safflower or canola oil
Flax seed (freshly ground in my old coffee grinder) and flax seed oil (cold pressed)
Nut butters (almond, peanut, cashew)
[Just a side note here, from personal experience, of course. If you're thinking of going the avocado route and making guacamole, you'll have to resist the temptation to eat it with five dozen deep fried tortilla chips. ;)]
I've been eating healthy fats for the last couple of years, and my recent blood work showed a better-than-ever cholesterol level and ratio, all well within healthy ranges. I'm pleased! Now, if I can just make the belly fat disappear. Though, I have a feeling I might have to resort to cutting a few more calories and adding some sit-ups. :)
So who would like to join me? What MUFA's can you add to your diet? :)