Men who get too many calories in their diet, or the wrong types of fat, can expect to see their stomachs expand. This spare tire fat contributes to a host of weight related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Losing excess fat and avoiding empty calories helps prevent disease and early death. Here are five foods you can easily add to your diet to help burn fat and increase your overall health:
Egg whites serve as a great way to start the day by giving you a protein rich meal, free of fat and cholesterol. Egg whites can be scrambled and lightly salted for a quick boost to your metabolism. They can also be served as an omelet with freshly ground pepper and diced tomatoes. Look for free range, hormone free, organic eggs. Healthy chickens produce better tasting eggs. In general avoid eating any food injected with growth hormones.
Fresh fish such as Salmon are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and provide your body with fat burning tools. Fish oils from Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines, break down stored fat while limiting the amount of fat the body stores. Choose Wild Alaskan Salmon when available.
Fiber rich foods such as berries offer you a sweet, tasty way to get your fill of fiber. Blueberries contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. You need both types of fiber to keep the colon activity flowing smoothly and prevent buildup (constipation). A blueberry smoothie is a great way to fill up without bulking up.
This cruciferous vegetable also packs a powerful dose of fiber along with important vitamins and minerals that every man needs in his diet. Broccoli will help you feel full fast without loading you up on calories or fat. Broccoli is a fat free food and is readily available at your grocer or local farmer’s market.
This tea is known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammation benefits. There is growing evidence that it is an excellent weight-loss food for men. Substances in the tea known as catchetins have been shown in men to burn calories and stimulate the body’s ability to burn fat.
Men who carry excess weight are at higher risk for host of lifestyle related diseases and medical conditions. Since most of us eat our way into an overweight body, it’s good to know we can also eat our way out of it.