Last updated on Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:35 am

The ideal “weight loss fridge’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge (or pantry) if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Get the right oils

(Yes, I know, oil shouldn’t go in the fridge… so keep it in your pantry rather!)

Oil is a pretty important cooking tool and ingredient. And it’s a confusing one too. If you’re health-conscious you’re going to find that opinions are all over the place regarding which oil to use for what, and what makes it worse is that all sorts of special interest health groups who should be trustworthy have stuck endorsements onto certain products.

So what oil should you use if you’re trying to be healthy and lose weight?

Well, the first issue is that if you are trying to lose weight then you need to concern yourself with the idea that oil is incredibly calorie-dense. It’s full of fat, and fat is 9 calories per gram (carbs and protein are only 4 calories per gram). So less oil is always better than more.

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Now we arrive at the issue of which oil is best. The first thing to note is that your cooking method is the deciding factor in what oil you should use. I’m not going to discuss deep-frying, because it’s so unhealthy that your choice of oil is almost irrelevant.

For regular frying the rule is that coconut oil and macadamia nut oil are the best choices. Olive oil isn’t stable at high temperatures and turns toxic, but the aforementioned two are. For dressings and cool sauces olive oil is a great choice though. These three should ideally be the only oils you use for cooking, unless you’re doing food from Asian cultures in which case you may need to expand into peanut oils and the like.

Note: There is too much negative press on the other vegetable oils for any of these to be a solid option. I’d say that one should avoid these wherever possible, no matter what the various ‘health foundations’ tell you.

Find out what other items you should be keeping in your “weight loss fridge” below:

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