Not all fat is created equal, especially on our bodies. Fat that accumulates around the belly and internally, known as visceral fat, is the most unhealthy type. It has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and other conditions. But you don't have to resign yourself to a growing midsection: a new study suggests that fighting fat with fat can help whittle your middle - you just have to choose the right kind.
The Swedish study, published in the journal Diabetes, looked at a group of 39 men who were put on a diet that included an extra 750 calories a day. Half of the men got those calories from muffins made with saturated fat (palm oil), while the other half were fed muffins made with sunflower oil, a polyunsaturated fat. Other than this difference, each group ate the same amounts of sugar, carbs, fat, and protein.
After seven weeks, researchers found that both groups gained weight, but the differenceRead More »from Fight Fat with Fat: It May Actually Help You Shrink Your Belly