Fat is a girl's best friend

Source: Wall Street Journal
Move over diamonds.  When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, fat may be a girl's best friend.

Yes, fat.

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, you may want to rethink the low-fat diet.  Though it may seem counter-intuitive, researchers found that people who chose to eat a moderate fat diet lost, on average, 13 pounds more than those who followed a low-fat diet.  The moderate fat dieters also kept that weight off.

You might not like the fat on your thighs, but that doesn't mean all fat is evil.  On the contrary, fat has some virtues.  The human body requires fat to function.  Fat can also be a dieter's best friend, because it takes our bodies longer to digest fat than other nutrients, enabling us to feel satiated longer and eat less often.

Remember, though, not all fats are equal.  Stick to a diet high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.  Think Mediterranean, and reach for olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds.  Save the gooey brie cheese, and the gorgeous filet mignon for special occasions.

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