I’ve become obsessed with reading nutritional labels and counting every gram of fat I eat. But even though I’ve pared my fat intake to 15 grams a day, I still can’t seem to shed these 10 extra pounds. My sister says fat actually helps people lose weight, but I don’t believe her. How can this possibly be true?

Believe it or not, you do have to eat fat to get thin! For decades, health professionals preached against dietary fat. But scientific evidence has confirmed that certain fats not only turbo charge metabolism but force the body to tap fat stores for fuel. The best fat to eat for weight loss: the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, eggs and nuts because they also function as appetite suppressants. Flax oil, another powerful source of omega-3s, has been proven to ward off hunger for up to four hours. To get the benefits, drizzle flax oil onto your salad, fruit or cereal.

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