Do you know that the amount of fats and weight you lose is heavily influenced by your diet? As famous fitness blogger, the Fitness Fashionista says “abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.” Even if you don’t aspire to have a perfect 6-pacs, a healthy diet is the first step to keep you in shape.
So surprise surprise, there are some extraordinary foods that boost your body’s ability to eliminate fats! And the best part? They are cheap and readily available. Substitute unhealthy snacks with these foods instead. Incorporate them in your daily diet and you’re on your way to a healthier body!
Grapefruit is considered the super diet fruit. It is loaded with fibre, so they keep you full and reduces snacking tendencies. Also, studies have shown that grapefruit contains compounds that reduced insulin level; this means that your body can use food for energy instead of storing it as fats. And of course, grapefruit has the “ability” to curb cravings. Researchers hypothesised that smelling grapefruit oil has an effect on liver enzymes that helps to reduce cravings, thus leading to weight loss.
Because really, the worse enemy of a weight-loss plan is the random cravings for unhealthy food, agree?
2) Green Tea
Green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants; and amongst these, the most important one is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate).
“EGCG can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases. This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down.
The end result is that the fat cell breaks down more fat, which is released into the bloodstream and becomes available for use as energy by cells that need it, like muscle cells.”- (source)
An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but they help keep fats away too. Apples contain fibre and polyphenols that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut associated with weight loss.
“They remain undigested until they’re fermented in the colon, where they act as food for friendly bacteria and help your body outweigh the bad bacteria that thrives on junk food, This restored microbial balance appears to reduce chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of obesity, and boosts feelings of fullness to help stave off overeating.”- (source)
4) Black Pepper
You’ll be surprised how much this little spice can do to the fats in your body. If you managed to get peppercorns, their outer layer contains phytonutrients that helps to breakdown fat cells. But in general, pepper contains a compound call piperine. Piperine has been proven to reduce fat levels in the bloodstream and has other rewarding antioxidant properties.
“A 2010 study of the effects of piperine on the metabolism of mice revealed that it suppresses fat accumulation in the body. Also, by improving your metabolism this fat-free food can help you burn calories. In addition, being a diuretic and diaphoretic herb, it promotes urination and perspiration, which in turn help flush toxins and excess water from the body.”- (source)
Cinnamon is another spice you should stock up in your pantry for your fat-loss diet. This spice is known to increase blood sugar metabolism. When there is excess sugar in your body, the liver converts them into fatty acids/fat. So eating cinnamon will break down the sugar into energy that the body can use, and less fatty acid is produced for your body to store.
“Cinnamon is also a powerful anti bacterial that could help get rid of bad bacteria in your stomach. This NIH article says gut microbes and diet can affect obesity. Cinnamon being a powerful anti bacterial will get rid of both good and bad bacteria in your stomach. So clean up your system with Cinnamon and reintroduce some good bacteria with non dairy probiotics or foods high in healthy gut bacteria like Kim chi, or even better yet just eat a variety of good quality fresh food.”- (source)
The reason why coffee is one of the top fat-burning foods is because it is packed with caffeine.
“Studies show that coffee (mainly caffeine) speeds the metabolism. However, this is the case when it is taken without fattening add-ins like sugar and cream. Also, please be aware that too much caffeine can have very harmful effects on the body; so keep your intake to 1-3 cups a day.”-(source)
Broccoli is made of 60% complex carbohydrates, that means they take a longer time to digest and are slow releasing. So you feel full for a longer time and you’ll have adequate energy to sustain for hours after a meal with broccoli. On top of that, broccoli is packed with essential nutrients and compounds that encourages weight loss, such as folic acid.
“Adequate folic acid helps ensure that protein is metabolized properly, it may also help your body’s insulin levels remain stable. Spiking or rapidly fluctuating insulin levels can trigger fat storage, especially in the belly. So consuming foods rich in folic acid may help to better stabilize insulin levels, decreasing the storage of belly fat.”- (source)
8) Apple Cider Vinegar
“The enzymes in apple cider vinegar help the digestive system and have been shown to promote gradual weight loss. The recommended way to take it is adding it to distilled water and drinking it before a meal. It will help your food get digested properly so your body can use the nutrients the food contains.” – (source)
ACV is also known to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, 2 factors that contribute to weight loss. Several studies also indicate that ACV will increase satiety, so you’ll eat lesser calories, translating to weight loss over time.
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