The latest “fat-burning” food gives everyone hope the pounds will fall off and becomes the basis of the newest fad diet. There was the grapefruit diet, the one involving chili peppers, the fatty fish fad and countless other featured foods for the moment. While watching what you eat and working out are tried and true ways for women to winnow a waist, there really is truth to the fat-burning claims for foods that can help you along the way.
Certain foods actually help speed metabolism, build muscle or take more calories to digest, according to studies. Here are food items or ingredients that will help your body shed unwanted pounds:
- Apples – An apple a day provide pectin, which binds with water and limits the fat your cells can absorb, and fiber, which makes you feel full. Some studies say eating an apple 30 minutes to an hour before a meal will cut the calories of the meal.
- Avocados – The mono-unsaturated fats in avocados encourage fat burning. They plump up cell membranes, boost metabolism, and ca switch off some fat-storage hormones. Avocados also contain carb called mannoheptulose, which blunts insulin release and enhances calcium absorption.
- Chili Peppers – Capsaicin, the ingredient that gives chili peppers their kick, kicks your body into gear, heating it up to melt additional calories. Eat chili peppers raw, cooked, dried, in flakes or in a hot sauce. Just work it into the diet whenever possible.
- Cinnamon – This aromatic spice doesn’t add calories but adds fuel to move glucose into cells faster so our fat storage hormone – insulin – hangs around less. Eating 1/4 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day reduces blood sugar levels and cuts cholesterol from 10 to 25 percent. So sprinkle it on.
- Dairy Products (Particularly fat-free or low-fat) – The calcium and Vitamin D in dairy build strong bones and help preserve muscle mass, which is essential in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- Eggs – A concentrated form of animal protein without the added fat of meats, eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. Studies have found that people who start their day with an egg every morning, they lose twice as much weight as those who eat a carb-dominated breakfast.
- Fatty Fish (like Salmon or Tuna) – Fatty fish are rich sources of omega-3 essential EPA and DHA fats. They trigger fullness and turn up the body’s fat burning rate.
- Grapefruit -Eating half a grapefruit or drinking a cup of grapefruit juice three times a day while maintaining a normal diet resulted in an average loss an of 4 pounds over 12 weeks without dieting, according to a study from San Diego’s Scripps Clinic. Grapefruit reduces insulin levels and has a chemical that prevents fat from being stored in the body
- Oats or Oatmeal – Oats are a slow-digesting carb that doesn’t raise your blood sugar and keeps you feeling filled up. In fact, research showed that athletes who consumed slow-digesting carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the entire day and than those who consumed fast-digesting carbs.
- Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is another source of mono-unsaturated fat that aid fat loss. Just avoid the ones that are low-fat (there doesn’t help). Stick with natural peanut butters that don’t have trans fats or sugar.
- Turkey and Other Lean Meats — The protein in lean meats have a thermogenic effect. You can actually burn 30 percent of the calories in the food just digesting it,
- Whole Grains (Like Quinoa and Brown Rice) – Your body burns two times as many calories digesting whole foods as processed foods.
While these foods spike metabolism and help burn fat. do not overdo them or any food. Peanut butter on apples may taste good, but everything in moderation!
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