Everybody knows that to lose weight and burn fat you need a combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthier lifestyle. When you want to shed pounds, fat is your number one enemy. Too much fat looks unsightly and greatly increases the risk of certain medical conditions.
The good news is that as well as implementing a balanced diet and taking up a good exercise plan, actively increasing the consumption of certain foods can work overtime to blast the fat for you. Sabina of Mummy Matters suggests you try these five different foods that could help you destroy fat without even leaving the house.
Fiber is one of the ‘good guys’ when it comes to a healthy diet. Fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive system, but it also helps transport cholesterol out of your body. By moving fat through the body more quickly, there is less chance that it will be absorbed. Berries are a great source of fiber. Choose raspberries for the highest fiber content – eight grams per cup – but blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are all great fat burners too. Berries are truly versatile. Try mixing up with other fruits in a smoothie or serving with frozen yogurt for a tasty dessert.
According to the Weight Loss Resources website, Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana found that women who consumed 1000mg of calcium daily (equivalent to one-and-a-half pints of skimmed milk) lost six pounds over two years. Slimmers are often tempted to drop dairy products from their diet, assuming that they are fattening, but in fact, the calcium content can help burn fat. Eight ounces of low-fat, plain yogurt contains 415 mg of calcium – that is almost twice as much as a single cup of milk. Try serving yogurt with fresh fruit or on a high-fiber cereal for a tasty breakfast. Yogurt makes a great snack anytime too, in the office or on the move.
A turkey is for life, not just for Christmas! Turkey meat has fewer calories per ounce than any other animal protein. It also contains an amino acid called leucine, which can help maintain muscle mass during weight loss, hence its popularity with weightlifters. Turkey helps you feel fuller, longer too, so it is a perfect ingredient to include in any fat-busting diet. Cold turkey is a great addition to a salad or try serving sliced with low-fat cream cheese and a bagel for a mid-morning boost.
Research has shown that maintaining a low level of a chemical called leptin in your body helps increase your metabolism, helping to burn fat faster. One of the best sources of leptin is fish, particularly those that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna, salmon, and sardines. Sardines are delicious served with salad or wholegrain pasta, but the good news is that if you do not have time (or if you just do not like fish) then you can see similar benefits by taking fish-oil supplements.
Chili peppers are one of the most popular additions to any meal, thanks to the hot, spicy kick that enriches so many flavors. Jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne peppers all contain a chemical named capsaicin, which gives them their fiery bite and helps boost metabolism, by up to 25%. According to Men’s Health, men that consume red-pepper snacks and meals can burn up to 1000 more calories per day than a control group. Chili peppers are an easy addition to any meal or snack and can liven up even the simplest of dishes. Try fresh chili peppers where available or use chili flakes from most supermarkets for convenience.