Healthy foods are good for you, but certain healthy foods have an extra hidden advantage: They actually boost your metabolism to help your body burn off more calories and stored fat. Maximizing your weight loss results can be as easy as changing your menu to include these 15 foods.
White tea has been shown to help your liver more efficiently turn fat cells into energy in two ways – lipolysis, the body’s natural method of breaking down fat cells, and blocking adipogenesis, which is when your body creates new fat cells. Adding a cup or two of white tea to your diet can help slim your midsection.
The main ingredient in guacamole is avocado, which is one of the healthiest monounsaturated fats you can find. Fueling your body with healthy dietary fat is important, because it prevents your body from seeking out unhealthy fat sources and clinging to them.
Some people are still not sure about adding sweet potatoes to their diet because they seem too rich in carbohydrates, but it is important to remember that carbohydrates are highly satisfying, part of a well-rounded diet, and very helpful in controlling blood sugar. Sweet potatoes are a great example of a carbohydrate which your body metabolizes slowly, causing minimal impact on blood sugar and keeping you feeling full.
Salmon has two advantages when it comes to fat-burning. First, it is full of omega-3 fatty acids which can help fight inflammation, and second, it is full of healthy lean protein which is important for building muscle. The healthier your muscles are, the more fat you can burn.
Forget about the fad grapefruit diet from decades past. The real magic of grapefruit is that it can be a very filling snack that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fat-fighting antioxidants.
Berries can help satisfy a craving for sweets while also providing your body with plenty of water, fiber, and antioxidants. The dark, rich colors of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc. mean that these little guys are helping to burn off fat cells, increase circulation, and fight off harmful free radicals.
When you eat a whole egg, you are providing your body with choline, a substance which can help block the formation of new fat cells. It doesn’t matter how you choose to prepare your egg, but believe it or not the recommendation is to eat the whole egg – yolk and all – to get the most nutritional benefit.
Have you noticed that cayenne pepper seems to be a part of many “cleanses” or “fasts”? The reason for this is that cayenne pepper is full of capsaicin, which can help prompt your body to burn off stored fat, particularly around your midsection. Spicy food lovers, rejoice!
Oysters are a pretty incredible food when it comes to vitamin content. They are rich in iron and zinc and remarkably low-calorie. We want to focus on that high zinc content, however, because zinc works with a hormone in your body called leptin which helps regulate hunger signals. The more zinc is in your system, the less likely you are to feel hungry between meals.
Almonds contain an amino acid called L-arginine which can help the body limit the production of new fat cells, and which can also prompt your system to let go of excess fat. A small serving of almonds each day is all you need to get these benefits.
Apple cider vinegar
Including apple cider vinegar in your diet can help make digestion more efficient, so that sugar is released into your bloodstream at a slower rate, helping to control cravings or blood sugar spikes. You can add vinegar to salads, use it in cooking, or simply take a teaspoon before a meal.
Garlic can help the body process sugar more efficiently. As you know, unused carbohydrates and sugar can turn to fat. Garlic helps your body to use the energy you take in, rather than storing it.
Plums are full of flavonoids, which can help tell your fat-storage genes to cool it. In fact, anything that has a bright red color is probably rich in the same flavonoids, so enjoy the wide variety of fat-burning fruits and vegetables.
Greek yogurt is another snack or meal option that is loaded with protein, which helps build strong muscles. Muscles burn fat, so eating high-protein meals helps to ensure that your body doesn’t pack on extra fat cells unnecessarily.
Keeping hydrated is one of the best weight loss tricks out there. To give your water an extra boost, add a generous lemon slice (with the peel), as the amino acids in lemons can help prompt your digestive system to be more regular. This means less gas and bloating.
When you eat smarter, your weight loss goals become more attainable. Try adding these foods to your diet this week, and track your progress to see which foods helps give you that extra boost.