Celebrity Chefs Share Their Weight-Loss Secrets

Smart ways to stay svelte and satisfied in the kitchen (9 Photos)

Sara Reistad-Long on Mar 17, 2011 at 1:20PM

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Celebrity Chefs Share Their Weight-Loss Secrets

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Stay-Slim Secret: Say Bye-bye to Butter and Go Nuts

From: Mike Isabella, Top Chef All-Stars veteran and owner of Graffiato in Washington, DC

“I don't cook with butter,” says Isabella. “Instead, I use grapeseed oil.” With about 2 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon (compared to the more than 7 grams you’d find in butter), grapeseed oil is thought to raise good cholesterol and lower bad. Plus, in addition to being full of healthy polyunsaturated fats, grapeseed oil (like butter) is thought to have an exceptionally high “smoke” point, meaning it’s less likely than other oils to burn at high temperatures, explains Isabella.

Another health-enhancing secret: “I add nuts and seeds to many of my dishes to boost their flavor,” says Isabella. Yes, nuts can be high in fat, but studies show they can contribute greatly to satiety. Their high levels of protein and fiber will help you feel full on less -- and for a longer period of time. (Chestnuts are lowest in fat, but almonds are among the most nutrient-dense.)

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