A weight-loss eating plan isn’t just about the stuff you can’t have. Why spend your life downing humdrum salads and bland foods when you can eat all your favorite munchies and still lose weight? There are foods you can add to your diet to shed those stubborn pounds, all the while, making your diet more versatile and fun. You will be surprised to see some of the items on this list that actually help you burn fat.
We don’t just love Chilies and other peppers that pack heat for the kick they give to our meals. Did you know that chilies incorporate capsaicin, a compound that is known to boost your metabolism. Not to mention, spicy foods induce a feeling of fullness and help us feel more satisfied for longer due to all the flavors you are getting. If your food has lots of flavor, you feel satisfied, but on the other hand, if you eat a plain chicken breast, you find yourself thinking, “what else can I eat?” Don’t be afraid to drizzle a copious amount of chili oil to that stir-fry or sprinkle red chili flakes on your chicken fillet.
Even though meat gets a bad rep sometimes, clean sources of protein could help you lose weight faster than you know. The key is to use high-quality, lean cuts, and eat in moderation. For instance, include two to three ounces of top sirloin two to three times per week. Just remember that your meat consumption shouldn’t exceed 18 ounces a week, or about six small servings. Not only is protein a highly filling nutrient, eating a diet rich in protein actually helps your body burn more calories, since it takes more calories to break down protein than other nutrients.
Who doesn’t love Avocado on toast, but we have even more reasons to binge on Avocados. Avocados are a treasure trove of healthy monounsaturated fats, which promote weight loss and curb appetite. In a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch refused a snack afterward. Stop fearing the fat and include this high fat food in your diet today.
Red grapes are rich in resveratrol, which has been proven to increase the breakdown of fat and help you get rid of body fat. Next time you feel your tummy rumbling, munch on red grapes, and help your body break down stored fat.
Your daily cup of Joe is not only to help you open your eyes in the morning. Coffee has been known to stimulate the brain and nervous system. In addition, coffee contain antioxidants that play a role in improving glucose metabolism, which lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes and curbs appetite. Coffee is also linked with stimulating thermogenesis, enhancing the ability of your body to burn stored fats. On a side note, coffee improves performance in endurance exercises like running and biking, amping your workout routine and helping you burn more calories.
Even though Pistachios are higher in calories than other snacking nuts, even cashews and almonds, these in-shell superfoods take longer to eat than naked nuts, which causes us to consume them in a fewer quantity. In a nut shell, a bowl full of pistachios look like a lot but once you crack the shells, you are only getting a quarter-cup of nuts in the end. However, it tricks your brain into thinking you’re indulging, even though you are eating less.
Eating foods that support a balanced gut microbiome, like miso paste, is the secret to blasting belly fat. Prepared by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji, this scrumptious condiment is teeming with gut-healthy bacteria that helps to torch belly fat, bolster your immune system, and stimulate your digestive system. In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, overweight women who supplemented their calorie-restrictive meal plan with a probiotic shed more pounds than women who were given a placebo along with the same diet plan.
We finally discovered why Popeye is such a sucker for spinach. The dark green leaves are rich in a long-chain sugar molecule called sulfoquinovose (SQ), which can help your midsection stay trim. SQ promotes the health of good gut bacteria, which prevents bad bacteria from causing inflammation and belly fat. Toss them in a salad or stir fry, puree them into a dip, or simply blend them in a smoothie; make sure to get your fill of spinach throughout the day.
We can’t get enough of these succulents and we have a good reason. The magical combination of water and potassium in tomatoes helps to flush out excess water, sodium, and bloat from your body, helping you achieve a coveted flat tummy. Plus, they are super low in calories while being extremely filling due to their high-fiber content. Say bye to bloating, constipation, and a puffed-up tummy.
Besides making a delicious dip or spread, this scrumptious butter packs in a belly-fat-blasting effect. This versatile nut is a rich source of Genistein, a compound that reduces your body’s ability to store fat by directly impacting the obesity genes. In addition, peanuts are rich in polyunsaturated fats, which are known to burn visceral fat that is linked to reduced fat storage. In addition, peanuts are also linked to improved sugar metabolism in the body.