Olive Oil: Nature’s Gift For Weight Loss

March 15, 2014

in Health

Olive oil

Olive oil should be made part of your daily diet when you are looking for natural ways to lose some extra pounds. In recent times, the health benefits of olive oil has been widely written about and today most diet experts swear by this food. Olive oil is basically rich in monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFA that is known to improve your cardiovascular health; it reduces bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol in the blood. It can also work as a deterrent for different types of cancers and inflammations, besides helping to regulate weight and diabetes.

How does olive oil help in reducing body weight?

  • Studies have proved that replacing fats in the food with MUFA like olive oil can actually help people shed weight. The best part about such weight loss is that you do not need to restrict your intake of different kinds of foods and neither do you have to perform rigorous exercises to lose the extra weight. While these measures will definitely accelerate your weight loss process, olive oil intake in itself can effectively help you lose many pounds.
  • When you consume the MUFA-containing olive oil, you are less likely to binge. This helps to maintain an optimal weight.
  • Moreover the monounsaturated fats also help your body to break down stored fats. Besides its weight losing properties, olive oil is very beneficial for dieters because it contains carotenoids, polyphenolic compounds and vitamin E.
  • MUFAs also help to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. They regulate normal blood clotting. Even recognized weight loss programs recommend using olive oil in daily diet. For instance, Nutrisystem keenly recommends adding fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet that contribute to weight loss. A few of its diet recipes suggest sautéing vegetables in olive oil which can make a nice side dish for the main meal as well as help lose weight.
  • Olive oil is also known to benefit insulin levels and can help you keep your blood glucose levels in check. This advantage is particularly useful for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Olive oil is naturally free of trans fats, cholesterol, salt, gluten and sugar.
  • Olive oil also protects against heart problems, improves digestion and prevents early aging.
  • Regular olive oil intake protects against thrombosis and inflammation.

Although olive oil is highly recommended for a great weight loss diet, you need to understand that even healthier fats contain calories. This is why it should be consumed in moderate quantities. You must choose olive oil in place of butter or margarine and not in addition to them. When you purchase the extra virgin olive oil, you are likely to derive greater benefits. The light version of the oil has undergone a rather fine filtration process which can successfully eliminate any color and aroma. This is the reason why this type is perfect for baking and cooking.

The healthiest ways to use olive oil is to drizzle it over salads and cooked veggies, you can use this oil for making salad dressings and sauces. However, you must ideally measure the quantity of oil you use each time; else you may lose count of the calories you consume. The best way to store olive oil is to keep it in a cool and dark place so that cell-damaging radicals are not formed. So, storing it in tinted glass containers is recommended. You should never store it in plastic containers.

Author Bio: Jessica Robert is very passionate about discussing health and fitness topics. She has rendered useful and informative articles at her blog on weight loss and dieting methods.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Kevin March 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

This is a very good article about how olive oil. Another excellent benefit about adding some good fat to your diet is that vitamins will absorb much more easily. Its because vitamins can attach to this fat and be absorbed into your digestive system much easier. The thing is if you have fat free meal then take your vitamins the absorption rate if I remember right is about 20% where as if you have some fat to help them absorb it goes up to about 90%. I read this study about 10 years ago and I make sure I add some fat like olive oil to my meals every day and I think it has made a huge difference.

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