The idea that consuming dietary fat makes you fat is what Shira refers to as "one of the most pervasive food myths out there." Consuming any macronutrient (meaning carbohydrate, protein, or fat) in excess will result in weight gain, but a healthy fat on your plate adds a ton of flavor and helps keep you full. When it comes to healthy fats, "a little goes a long way," Shira says.
Many sources of healthy fats like avocados and olive oil offer the added bonus of being high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help fight inflammation.
Shira Top Picks:
- 1/4 avocado
- One to two tablespoons coconut, grapeseed, walnut, sesame, or extra-virgin olive oil