While there isn’t a magic potion that hones in on belly fat and zaps it away, there are certain “super” foods guaranteed to lower cravings, boost metabolism and ramp up energy levels, thus helping you lose weight while you eat.
Healthline, a leading health website, states that ‘incorporating these fat-burning foods into your diet is an evidence-based way to boost your metabolism, which in turn leads to greater weight loss’.
So, while you can’t spot reduce fat away from certain parts of your body, you can incorporate these healthier, more nutrient-dense foods into your diet, which in turn helps to shed those extra pounds.
Let’s jump right in!
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10 Proven Fat Burning Foods For Weight Loss
Here are some superfoods that will speed up your weight loss!
1. Green Tea
An acquired taste, but it’s easy to drink once you’re used to the taste!
Green tea is rich in the antioxidant EGCG, epigallocatechin gallate, which burns calories all day long by restricting food absorption and boosting the body’s ability to burn fat.
It also helps maintain body weight by keeping you hydrated and satiated for longer periods of time.
For best results, drink 2 cups daily, especially after heavy meals.
Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are powerful at keeping you fit and healthy.
They contain fiber which improves digestion while keeping you full longer, antioxidants which neutralize free radicals, and manganese which helps metabolize fats, carbs, and proteins.
They also contain polyphenols that work at reducing belly fat as shown in a 2009 study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. Even more good news, they don’t contain any fat, sodium, or cholesterol.
Try eating 1 cup daily, either as a healthy snack or included in your yogurt, smoothies, or fruit salad.
Almonds are rich in fiber, protein and monounsaturated fat which works at helping you lose weight. It’s also high in vitamin B and zinc which curb sugar cravings.
1 ounce, or roughly 23 almonds, of dry roasted or soaked almonds, are a great snack to munch on. Remember, almonds are also high in calories, so don’t overdo it.
It’s been shown in studies that eating half a grapefruit before meals result in significant weight loss.
This superpower comes from its high levels of fat-burning enzymes which can even improve insulin resistance.
Not only that, but grapefruit fills you up because of its high water and fiber intake, so you eat less and have fewer cravings. Grapefruits are also rich in vitamins and antioxidants and low in calories.
Bear in mind, however, that grapefruits may affect the way certain medications behave, such as statins and antihistamines.
It’s no surprise that salmon and fatty fish are good for you.
Salmon helps keep you feeling satiated longer because of its high intake of lean protein which needs a lot of the body’s energy to break down. And it’s during this process where the fat-burning happens in order for the body to digest it.
It’s also chock full of nutrients and vitamins, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked with a decrease in inflammation and weight loss.
In addition, it’s a great metabolism booster which is one of the ways salmon helps us lose weight.
Apples are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, as well as dietary fiber which digest slowly, thus keeping you full longer.
Not only that, but apples contain a substance called Pectin which has been proven to dampen the hormone associated with feelings of hunger.
Pears never seem to get the credit they deserve. They’re truly superfoods when it comes to losing weight.
One pear contains an average of 5.5 grams of fiber, which is mainly in the skin. Besides keeping our digestive process moving, fiber aids in the absorption process of nutrients and vitamins.
Oranges are incredible for weight loss. They contain high levels of fiber and water.
They also contain vitamin C which is a water-soluble antioxidant that helps promote weight loss, based on a 2005 study which notes that those who consume more foods rich in vitamin C have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who don’t.
This is mainly because vitamin C promotes carnitine production, which the amount of fat in the body.
And, according to a study by Arizona State University, the volume of Vitamin C in the blood directly affects the oxidation of fat.
Eat an orange daily or drink freshly squeezed orange juice instead of buying packaged juice since it contains artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
1 cup of lentils contains over 18 grams of protein and just a little over 200 calories.
This high level of protein helps control hunger pangs, boost muscle mass and cut calories. Lentils can be eaten hot or cold as a salad.
A great additive to otherwise tasteless food, cinnamon provides flavor while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
This spice can alter the way sugar and carbs are metabolized which means it speeds up the calorie-burning process.
Overall, busting the boredom is important if your aim is to lose weight or if you’ve reached your ideal weight and want to stay there.
Try incorporating some of these foods, change things around, mix and match, and use a variety of food combinations each week.
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Vickie Louise is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Crazy Family. She is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she realized how important it is for moms to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. Vickie believes in the power of using social media and her online presence for good and is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.