Many people include losing weight as one of their personal goals. The benefits of losing weight go beyond the outward appearance. Fat-burning foods can help you lose weight, reverse diabetes and risk of obesity, and boost energy levels. Certain foods have a high thermogenic effect, burning calories even as you chew! Below is a list of several of these foods that can help you boost your metabolism and drop those unwanted pounds.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Before a meal, add a tablespoon to a glass of water and drink. It will reduce sugar cravings and help you feel fuller with less food.
Green Tea: This soothing drink reduces body fat, lowers cholesterol and speeds metabolism. It also helps your body repair itself after a high-intensity workout. Drinking four cups of green tea a day has helped some people lose more than six pounds in eight weeks.
Low-fat Dairy: Dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D, preserving and building muscle mass and strong bones. Kefir, a fermented drink similar to yogurt, but also packed with probiotics which fight infections and aid in weight loss.
Rooibos Tea: This herbal drink contains flavonoids and phytochemicals that help in weight loss and boost metabolism. It is more energizing than green tea.
Lean Meat: Chicken and turkey are great sources of protein, containing about 37% of your body’s daily recommended value. Protein has a high thermogenic effect, burning 30% of the calories during digestion. It also keeps our bodies energized, muscles sculpted, and stomach feeling full.
Grass-fed Beef: Beef is one of the highest sources of protein. Grass-fed beef is lower in fat content, so will reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Bone Broth: Due to abundant amino acids, bone broth prevents muscle breakdown, increases metabolism, and detoxifies the body.
Fatty Fish: Fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel increase fullness and burn fat.
Fruits and Vegetables
Grapefruit: Their enzymes help the body break down sugar and boost metabolism. Grapefruit lowers insulin, regulates blood sugar and boosts metabolism. Even smelling grapefruit essential oil can help increase metabolism.
Berries: A healthy snack for a sweet tooth, betties improve satiety and prevent cravings.
Vegetables: Kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are some of the most nutritionally dense vegetables available. Spinach, collard greens, and chard are full of nutrients and iron, which help keep muscles functioning properly and burning calories after a workout. Vitamin K keeps bones strong and wards of osteoporosis.
Ghee: This clarified butter made popular in India retains its phytonutrients during cooking and contains medium-chain fatty acids helping the body burn other fats. It is also good for lactose and casein sensitive people.
Enova Oil: Soy and canola oil promote fullness and are not easily stored as fat.
Peanut Butter: This boosts testosterone, builds muscle, and burns fat.
Hot Peppers: Capsaicin, the “fire” in chili peppers, heats up your body making you burn additional calories. Eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered pepper can produce this effect. Cayenne pepper increases the body’s ability to burn fat and convert it into energy, increasing metabolism. Add cayenne or hot sauce to your soups, eggs, and meat.
Chia Seeds: These small seeds absorb their own weight in water, slowing the body’s digestion while reducing hunger pangs and sugar cravings.
Nuts: Almonds and other nuts with skins intact help build muscle and reduce cravings.
Whey Protein: Adding whey protein to a smoothie or taking it as a supplement helps decrease body fat, increase muscle tone, and raise energy levels while keeping blood sugar level.
Whole Grains: Grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, and cereal, prevent the body from storing fat. The body burns twice as many calories digesting whole foods than processed foods. Foods rich in fiber, like oatmeal and brown rice, are a plus.
Beans and legumes: One cup has 35% of your daily iron requirements. They also help build muscle, burn fat, and regulate digestion. When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows.
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