In our day and age, it is a well known and commonly accepted fact that Olive Oil is healthy. Almost every fitness influencer advertises Olive Oil as being the healthiest of oil, and rightly so. However the problem starts when people start equating something being healthy to it being good for weight loss. Is this the case for olive oil?
Before discussing whether olive oil itself is “good for weight loss” we should firstly understand how weight loss works.
The Mechanics of Weight Loss
Weight loss is actually a very simple process to understand. The fat your body stores is its energy reserve, which you’ve accumulated when you have eaten more than burned throughout the day. So in order to deplete your fat stores, you should do exactly the opposite – burn more than you consume.
There are many ways to burn more calories than you consume, such as using natural weight loss supplements like Tea Burn and exercising, but in terms of food you can lower your caloric consumption by eating foods that contain less calories.
Once you understand that principle, it becomes fairly easy to understand if a food is good or bad for weight loss, and how much of it of consume. So let’s take a look at Olive Oil.
Olive Oil for Weight Loss – the Macros
Nutrition per 100 grams:
- Calories: 884
- Fat: 100 grams
- Carbs: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
If you were shocked when you saw the amount of calories it contains, don’t be, because olive oil is different from most foods because it is an oil, and you do not consume copious amounts of it as you do other foods.
But although calories are an important part of weight loss and it is important to acknowledge that, they are not the only thing that decides whether a food is good for weight loss or not. With that being said – let’s take a look at the micronutrients contained in Olive Oil and the general positive effect.
Olive Oil for Weight Loss – Micronutrients and Weight Loss
Olive oil is not like many other industrialized seed oils like canola, it is made simply by squeezing out oil out of olives, without any chemical bleaching or deodorizing that always occur in the process of extracting other seed oils or vegetable oils. This is one of the reasons Olive Oil has a number of health benefits
A tablespoon of olive oil contains 14% of your daily value for Vitamin E, which in turn is responsible for supporting your immune system.
There are many different studies that show that olive oil has a positive effect on heart health, and it has also been demonstrated that people who live in Southern European countries, known for their high consumption of olive oil have fewer heart attacks that other countries
Substances contained in olive oil, oleocanthal and oleuropein, were also shown to protect against the negative effects of LDL (bad cholesterol), by preventing it from oxidizing and inflaming your body
Because weight loss requires dieting and limiting the amount of food you consume, it is more important that you consume healthy food, so that your body can continue to function correctly without getting sick, which will damage your weight loss progress.
How to use Olive Oil for Weight loss?
On one hand, we saw that oil was extremely healthy and one of the best oils commercially available to any person, but on the other hand it is a high calorie food. What is the answer to that dilemma? Use it mindfully.
As a person who is currently losing weight, I use olive oil every day for cooking, and occasionally make salad dressing with it. They key is to not over use it, because even too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
If you count calories, I would weight olive oil and make sure that the amount you used fits within your daily caloric budget, and if you practice intuitive eating, I would keep it in the back of my head that it is a high calorie food and use it mindfully.