For years, people assumed that eating fat makes you fat, which is actually pretty reasonable. But as the low-fat craze took off, obesity rates continued to skyrocket, throwing that logic out the window.
Now, it's becoming more and more apparent that eating certain kinds of fat could actually help you lose weight -- with some caveats, of course.
Fat keeps you satisfied
The bottom line is that eating fatty foods makes you feel full and satisfied, both noble goals of most human beings who don't want to starve to death. This is a feeling you've experienced after eating a bacon cheeseburger… and you can probably guess that eating bacon cheeseburgers on the regular is not a good weight-loss strategy.
Satisfaction is a crucial clue, though, as to why eating fat can actually help you drop pounds while still eating delicious foods. Rebecca Lewis, registered dietitian at HelloFresh, says the reason is that "fat helps keep us satiated so we avoid mindless snacking -- which is where most of us end up consuming extra calories in the day."