Is Avoiding Fats and Oils Making you Gain Weight? Here’s the Low Down on Oils and How Best to Use Them!

I often see clients who avoid fats at all cost because of an erroneous fear that fats will make them fat. But what happens to the brain and our appetite when we avoid fats? In today’s video I am going to explain to you what alternatives the brain seeks out when there are no fats in the diet and how that in turn can make you gain weight.

Additionally, tune in to find out what oils are best for cooking and frying, which are best for salads and which are the healthiest for your health.

If you have any oils you enjoy using or prefer in your diet, I want to hear from you! Which oils do you prefer for cooking? Have you used walnut oil in your salad dressing before? What is your experience with flax seed oil? Let me know in your comments below.

Thanks everyone and I hope you have an awesome Monday!

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16 comments on “Is Avoiding Fats and Oils Making you Gain Weight? Here’s the Low Down on Oils and How Best to Use Them!

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  2. AvatarBarbara Fritze

    I love pumpkin seed oil I discovered it in Austria where it is very popular It has a nutty roasted flavor soo yummy on salad drizzled on fish or veggies or rice. Hard to find but whole foods or specialty stores have had it.

  3. AvatarJorge and Iraida Mendez

    As usual, lots of information in your video. We have been using olive oil when cooking and as can see it is not the ideal scenario. The same goes with saving it after frying food.
    As they say, live and learn. I would join the people who wrote to you above and ask you about sunflower, safflower and canola oil. Are they safe to use when frying?
    Best wishes and keep up the good work.

    The Units

  4. AvatarJon Sheppard

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for the useful info. I’ll start using other oils for cooking right away, as I have felt the olive oil to be too “heavy” and have been seeking some alternatives.


  5. AvatarCatherine Boyer, MA, LCSW

    Helpful and informative as always! I just discovered coconut oil and like putting it in smoothies. I have used flaxseed oil in smoothies also. Olive oil for salads because I like the flavor, but I’m going to try walnut oil. I tend to avoid sauteing so that solves that part of the equation!

  6. AvatarLeslie Gerstman

    I love drizzling macadamia nut oil over steamed veggies and quinoa. Its rediculously yummy and it’s great for your skin.
    The regenerative effects of the oil promote softer and younger looking skin. The monounsaturated oils are able to replace the original oils in damaged skin. The palmitoleic acid present in macadamia nut oil aids skin in regaining elasticity in situations where it has been lost. The high antioxidant effects of the oil make it an ideal moisturizer and helps to prevent sunburn by helping the skin retain its moisture. The high vitamin E content of the oil aids in healing small wounds.

  7. AvatarBonnie

    Hi, Barbara,

    Really interesting, as usual. A question: you didn’t mention sunflower or safflower oil for cooking — are there others besides grapeseed and coconut oils that are OK to use for cooking?


      1. AvatarBonnie

        Thanks for your reply, Barbara. I had heard that canola oil was not safe, something about being a byproduct of petroleum processing. But using it at high heat is OK?
        Glad to hear that if it’s true.


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