Trainer Tip: Avocados Rule!

Avocados burn belly fat–and do a whole lot more! A study in Diabetes Care states that the healthy monounsaturated fats found in foods such as avocados reduce “central body fat distribution.” That’s right: you can add these tasty gems to your list of belly-fat-blasting foods! In addition, they have a high oleic acid content, which not only controls appetite but also helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Avocados have a spectacular nutritional profile. They contain a natural sugar called mannoheptulose that has been studied for over 60 years. Mannoheptulose inhibits excess insulin secretion, thus helping to control blood sugar and to decrease insulin resistance. Avocados also contain L-carnitine, an amino acid that promotes fat metabolism in the powerhouses of the cell, the mitochondria. Avocados are a great source of fiber, vitamins B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), C, E, K, carotenoids, potassium and calcium. And the healthy fats in avocados help you absorb these fat-soluble vitamins. Pretty amazing!

How can you incorporate avocado into your diet? About 1/4 to 1/3 of a small to medium avocado can be used in place of mayonnaise or butter as a fat serving. It’s delicious smeared on a sandwich or eaten on its own! For a simple dish, try this Dominican Avocado Salad recipe. Enjoy!

Trainer Tip by Sandra Ferrerio, certified LiveRite weight loss coach, trainer, and class instructor at Lucille Roberts in Yonkers. Read her full bio here.

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