Naturopath and natural weight loss expert, Kate Troup, shares her tips!

Often people think that they need to starve themselves or cut out all their favourite foods to lose weight. But that doesn’t need to be the case and in fact, sometimes eating more food is the way to encourage your body to burn more calories!

Even more surprising is that eating more fat can be the best way to do this. It wasn’t long ago that we were discouraged from eating fats because it was thought that they made us gain weight and increased cholesterol but the most recent research shows that eating lots of the right fats encourages weight loss and protects the heart!

These are three of the top foods to keep in your pantry to manage your weight and stay healthy:

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a unique kind of fat called medium chain fatty acids - MUFAs. These are different in both structure and function to the types of saturated fats found in animals and in fact, human breast milk is the only other major source of them.

Unlike other long chain fatty acids, the MUFAs are considered to be “good fats” because they are taken straight to the liver and turned into energy. This helps to speed up metabolism which in turns leads to faster weight loss.

Researchers have discovered that people who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more calories than those who ate less.

Using coconut oil might help you to:

  • improve energy
  • burn more body fat
  • increase “good” cholesterol

2. Macadamia Nuts
Native to Australia, macadamia nuts are creamy and delicious eaten raw or used in cooking. In the past, people have worried about the fat content of these tree nuts, but research has shown that they are mostly monounsaturated fats – the same kind found in olive oil!

Research conducted in Newcastle showed that when people ate macadamias, their cholesterol levels actually improved and they lost weight despite eating more fat than their previous diet. Macadamias also provide a complete range of essential amino acids, so are a great source of plant protein, and contain plenty of fibre and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and selenium.

Eating macadamias might help you to:

  • Improve cholesterol and blood fats
  • Lose weight
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Feel full faster

3. Xylitol
It’s human nature to like the taste of sweet foods but eating sugar can lead to cravings and eventually weight gain. If you’re trying to lose or maintain weight, it’s important not to feel deprived from eating treats that you enjoy, which is why xylitol is such a fantastic food to have in your pantry. 

This plant sourced ingredient looks and tastes much like ordinary white cane sugar but because it’s not very well absorbed by our digestive system it has minimal affect on blood sugar levels which in turn reduces fat storage. You can replace sugar with xylitol in any recipe but keep in mind that because it doesn’t caramelise, your baking won’t turn very brown.

Using xylitol might:

  • Help reduce cravings for sugar
  • Help with dental health and prevent cavities

Try Kate's healthy Chocolate Raspberry Muffin recipe here These muffins are grain-free and use natural wholefood ingredients including coconut and xylitol.

Kate Troup - Naturopath and Natural Weight Loss Expert
Kate Troup combines her 18 years of naturopathic experience with a passion for all things weight-related to get the results that her clients want. Kate regularly presents her popular workshop “Better Health and Weight Loss” as part of the Mr Vitamins event program. Over 1000 people having signed up for her events and programs to receive ongoing support to achieve their health and wellbeing goals.