As the New Year begins, so many people create a goal for themselves to lose weight, get fit . Weight loss goals are surprisingly ineffective without a proper and healthy diet, an effective exercise regime and just changing the way we think about food.
Instead of dieting and stripping your body off all the necessary nutrition, consider healthy eating, which may help you stay more motivated not just this year, but for the rest of your life.
The days leading up to January I always inspire wishful thinking. You start seeing “new year, new you” motivational hubbub across social media. You feel prompted to make a resolution. This will be the year you finally dedicate yourself to a fitness regimen. This will be the year you finally start eating healthier. This will be the year you finally check off some places on your travel bucket list. But, soon enough, resolutions all too often get relegated from #goals to light suggestions: Research shows that 25 percent of us don’t even keep it up for one week. Why not set yourself up to be the exception by being fully prepared?
In this article I would like to talk about some amazing food, that not only help us to loose or maintain our weight, it is actually very beneficial to our health.
There are plenty of foods that help you burn calories and keep your weight in check. The great news is that some of them are super delicious and won’t send a chill down your spine when you think of eating them. Try to add several foods like these into your diet regularly and don’t forget to exercise daily. This will make you burn calories and improve your lifestyle to an extent, without affecting your health. Without further ado, here are 10 foods you can eat to start burning those calories off.
Grapefruit is known to speed up your metabolism and help burn a lot of calories. The fruit helps you feel full faster and also with low calories. One half of grapefruit contains around 53 calories. Also, it is rich in fibre which may help in stabilizing blood glucose levels. Grapefruit can be added to smoothies, salads or be consumed as juice.
Grapefruits are low in calories but are full of nutrients and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Harvard Medical School states that grapefruit has a glycemic index of 25, suggesting that it does not significantly affect blood sugar and insulin levels.
Grapefruits support clear, healthy skin, can help to lower our risk for many diseases and conditions and may even help with weight loss as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.
Celery is the magical food that contains less calories and helps you burn more calories than you eat. It mostly contains water and that is what makes it so good for your diet. However, you should not over eat celery as your body may miss out on necessary nutrients and minerals. So it is best combined with other foods for consumption.
One stalk of celery contains only about 10 calories, while a cup of chopped celery contains about 16. It also contains dietary fibre (1.6 grams per cup), which helps curb cravings because it absorbs water in the digestive tract, making you feel fuller longer.
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3. Whole Grains
Studies have shown that whole grains are healthier than refined grains because they lower the risk of getting a chronic disease. These grains are also a good part of a diet because they take up more time to digest thus making you feel fuller for a long time so you don’t feel hungry immediately. Whole grains are known to be rich in many vitamins, minerals and carbs and they’re low in fat.
More and more studies show that returning to whole grains and other unprocessed carbohydrates can improve our health in many ways.
- Whole grains help to prevent constipation,
- Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease,
- Offers protection against some forms of cancer,
- Helps protect you from developing type 2 diabetes,
- And eating more whole grains helps you to live longer.
Whole grain foods don’t contain just one magical ingredient that can fight disease and improve your health. It’s the entire wholesome package working together that gives you all these valuable whole grain benefits.
4. Green Tea
If you haven’t included green tea in your routine yet, you’re missing out on a lot of benefits. The exotic Asian drink has become ordinary for everyone now but not everyone is aware of its healthy properties. Rich in antioxidants, it boosts metabolism and helps you lose weight just by consuming it few times in a day. Seems too easy right? So start with this and do yourself a favour!
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of.
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
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- Up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and even 7 times higher than dark chocolate
- Up to 9 times the beta carotene found in spinach
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It has been proven that omega-3 acts as a metabolism regulator. It is a fatty acid that affects the hormone leptin level that controls how fast fat is burned. Omega 3 is not produced in our bodies though. We can get it only through consumption of foods like fish or through special additives and supplements available in the market.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them. You have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafoods including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease.
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Everyone is almost addicted to coffee and starting your day without it is something you wouldn’t imagine. Caffeine helps us feel lively and alert. As caffeine gets into our system, our heart rate increases and the blood takes more oxygen thus burning more calories in the process. Unfortunately, this whole process of the breakdown of caffeine gets interrupted by the additional stuff added to coffee like cream, sugar, etc. Think of a reasonable replacement for it, maybe you could try cinnamon instead.
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Avocado is the king of fat burners. It contains monounsaturated fat that helps in speeding up your metabolism and protects the energy producing part of the cells from any free radical damage. Moreover, it has a lot of wonderful benefits for the entire body. It reduces your cholesterol levels, reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke and is great for your eyes, skin and hair. You can try a variety of recipes and include avocados in your daily diet to see quick results.
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.
Vitamin E contributes to the:
- Protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage
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8. Spicy Foods
Anything spicy on your plate can help you burn off calories faster. Such foods aren’t rich in calories and they can be a great addition to your meals. This could include cayenne pepper or some hot sauces, but just make sure you still read the ingredient list before you put anything on your plate.
Studies have shown that hot peppers can help curb appetite and speed metabolism. In a 2011 study, researchers from Purdue University found people felt more satiated after eating spicy foods. An earlier study found that people consumed less fat after eating high amounts of hot peppers. There’s probably also an effect on metabolism, says Dr. Gregory Thorkelson, an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh. “That’s why you feel hot after you eat spicy food,” he adds. “And there is some data to show that capsaicin [the ingredient that produces the scorched feeling in your mouth] can increase the ability to burn calories.”
9. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats that help boost your metabolism, suppress your appetite, and turn on glucagon-our big fat-burning hormone. Simply soak some chia seeds for about 15 minutes so they can swell. These seeds help in making you feel fuller longer and preventing you from overeating. You can add them to your smoothies, salads, yogurt or oatmeal anytime during the day.
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.
- Contains high levels of Omega-3
- Chia are high in minerals such as calcium, manganese and phosphorus.
- Antioxidants – The high levels of antioxidants so you get the benefits of protection against free radicals.
- Contain high levels of fibre
- Chia contains 8 amino acids, which the body needs for breaking down food into energy, or synthesising proteins
- Chia Seeds are extremely high in antioxidants
- Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body.
- Can be used to help with weight loss
- Chia seeds have very few calories and contain no gluten.
10. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are technically seeds, not nuts, but their brown nut-like casings have led most people to call them nuts. They are produced by a South American tree which tends to grow in virgin rain forests, and they are an extremely popular food source in many Latin American nations, as well of the rest of the world. The nuts have a rich, creamy flavour which lends itself well to an assortment of dishes in addition to being tasty on its own.
Brazil nuts are the most delicious fat burning foods you can have on the list. They help I speeding up metabolism by converting the basic thyroid hormone into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. These nuts can also help fight cellulite and boost immune system. You can have Brazil nut milk with vanilla and cardamom or snack on them or just sprinkle them on a fruit salad
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Hope you enjoyed the article and found is useful. I will be writing about the workout tips next.
Love, Samira x