When we are on our journey to getting fit, following a health diet can be the most difficult thing to maintain. Here are 8 foods that can help you burn fat!
Grapefruit is saturated full of vitamins such as vitamin C. More importantly, grape fruit has a high fiber content. Each ½ of a grapefruit is only about 40 calories. Also, did you know that it takes more calories to digest it than the fruit itself. At the same time, it is one of the most filling fruits so after eating it you won’t be tempted to munch on other foods. In addition, grapefruit lowers insulin levels in the body. A lower insulin level results in the body not storing as much fat.
Beans are a great source of fiber and protein for you. In addition, it is a complex car so that means it will be not be broken down into glucose as does simple carbohydrates. In addition, it contains a high quantity of anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.
Included under the umbrella of “fish” is a large variety of species. The ones that are of most benefit to you are: Salmon, Trout, Haddock, Cod, and Sardines. Fish possesses a huge level of essential nutrients and omega-3-fatty acids. Omega-3-fatty acids are essential for the brain, recovery, and help lower coronary heart disease. “A recent study has shown an inverse relationship between fish intake and omega-3 fatty acids and CHD death” (Penny M. Kris-Etherton, 2002). In addition, fish has been shown to help balance leptin levels in your body. Leptin is the fat regulating hormone of your body. It reacts with your brain and triggers the feeling of hunger, how your body metabolizes food, etc. When your body lacks leptin, it sends a signal to your brain to make you feel hungry, and to eat more.
Egg’s are one of the cleanest sources of protein. The misconception that the egg yolk will increase the risk cholesterol levels. This is not true, as there are two types of cholesterol. Eggs do not risk raising your cholesterol level and is safe to eat. You should eat at least two eggs every day to provide your body will the nutrients it requires. In addition, protein in the morning helps kick start your metabolism. This will also help prevent you from snacking on junk food such as chocolate bars before lunch.
Nuts are an amazing and natural source of fats, proteins and minerals. Often, fats are avoided because of the fear that they may contribute to obesity. The reality is that natural fats from sources such fats nuts do not contribute to obesity. They help fight obesity because they provide your body with nutrients while avoiding harmful processed items.
Turmeric is a root, part of the ginger family. It is widely used in curries, and is what contributes to its yellow colour. Tumeric has been known to improve the function of the endothelium, the lining of our blood vessels which helps prevent heart disease (Toborek, 1999). It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, and can assist your body in metabolizing fat, resulting to weight loss.
7. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a high protein dairy food that helps with your digestion. When consumed after a meal, it can slow down your digestion and allow you to stay fuller longer. This also allows your body to better absorb the nutrients in your body.
8. Sweet Potatoes
In our diets today, we have filled it with simple carbs that are rapidly broken down into glucose into our bodies, which causes our insultin to spike and this lowers the fat regulating hormone. Basically, when our insulin levels spike, we start storing fat and stop processing it. Therefore, the more glucose in our diet, the more fat we store. When you eat complex carbs such as sweet potatoe, there is enough fiber, and it is slowly processed by your body.
Penny M. Kris-Etherton, W. S. (2002, November 19). Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardio Sascular Disease. American Heart Association Inc., 2747-2757.
Toborek, M. K. (1999, October). Endothelial Cell Functions. Relationship to Atherogenesis. US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of health. , 295-314.