Thermogenic Nuts & Olive Oil

If you're busy planning a New Year's resolution diet and exercise program, here's some new research on the subject of post-meal thermogenesis. That's when your metabolism is cranked up for calorie burning. The suggestion published in the journal Clinical Nutrition was to consume fats. Not just any fats, but the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in olive oil and walnuts.

The study found that these 'good' fats can increase your metabolic rate after eating. This action was measured against the consumption of 'bad' saturated fats. The type of fat consumed did not affect satiety (a feeling of fullness) or fat use in subjects.

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