MUFA is simply shorthand for Monounsaturated fatty acids. There are main categories of these acids and many different types that you should incorporate into your daily diet and routine that provide amazing health benefits. I will discuss everything from the types of foods, to the benefits, to a suggested daily diet plan.
The 5 main categories of monounsaturated fatty acids include oils, nuts and seeds, avocados, chocolate, and olives. Other foods made of up these acids include nut-butters, soybeans, Tahiti and certain oils like Olive oil and Canola Oil.
The theory behind any MUFA diet is to add these monounsaturated fatty acids into your diet. Most of these food products that contain MUFA are high in fat content, but MUFA is considered healthy, plant-derived fat. These fats are filling, which satisfy hunger and cravings and also provide you with other, healthier nutrients than cheeseburgers and Fettuccine Alfredo.
MUFAs provide great health benefits. The help to lower LDL Cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease and reduce internal inflammation which can cause aches and joint pains and even promote intestinal regularity.
MUFAs have become very popular recently due to the release of Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet, which boasted it can help you loose about 15 lbs in the first month alone, specifically from the abdominal region.
As it goes, America is an over sized country. Our portions are too big which is causing residents to be too big. Our everyday lives also don’t always provide us with the time or funds to eat as healthy as possible. If we just spent the 10 minutes to prepare a salad for lunch rather than pick up McDonald’s or spend 30 minutes walking every morning rather than watching the news on the couch, we wouldn’t have such a serious obesity problem like we do right now.
And because of the time crunch, dieters get stressed out and binge on all of the wrong foods every so often, and we are back at step 1. Dieting has to become a lifestyle for a person rather than a horrible ball and chain that keeps you from eating the things you love.
Incorporating MUFAs into your daily routine doesn’t have to mean your dieting, but rather providing your body with the nutrients it deserves all of the time. Eat a piece of Wild Salmon for dinner once a week for a healthy dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and snack on some Soybean pods in-between breakfast and lunch. Eat more chocolate! Just go for the dark, high in cocoa types that provide lots of MUFAS and nutrition rather than sugar. Add seeds to your salads, opt for rice and beans when you visit a Peruvian restaurant. These small steps on a regular basis will provide your body with healthy MUFAs and help you cut serious unhealthy fat out of your lifestyle, which is helping you loose weight without having to effect your regular lifestyle.
By starting out simple, it will provide greater success in the long run with attempting a structured diet plan like Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet, which will gear you up to lose all of the troublesome fat on your body.
When you start getting serious about a diet, try 4 structured, 400 calorie maximum meals per day, while each meal contains 1 MUFA. If there are foods you love that don’t contain MUFAs, try adding them. Have a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain for breakfast, or some yogurt with dark chocolate chips. Top your Chicken Breast with Salsa and Avocado for dinner, or grill wild Salmon to top a Greek salad containing olives and feta cheese. The meal options are plentiful and don’t necessarily sacrifice taste or satisfaction.
MUFA dieting possesses the potential for longevity, unlike many diet plans out there. Just by snacking on olives or Almond Butter, you can add MUFAs to your diet and cut down your hunger.