Looking for a way to lose weight quickly? These 12 superfoods are great when it comes burning fat and are guarenteed to help you.
Consuming about half a grapefruit before each meal can help you lose around 0.5 kg (or 1 lbs) in a week! Grapefruits can reduce insulin, which leads to weight loss. They are also a great source of protein as they consist of 90% of water, which can fill you up and cause you to eat less. In addition, they are high in fiber and have very few calories (half a grapefruit is less than 40 calories). Grapefruits are well known to be “negative calories” foods, which means that it takes more calories to digest the food than the calories in the food itself.
Drinking green tea can help reduce your appetite (depending from person to person) and boost your metabolism by 4% in 24 hours. By keeping it as a part of your regular diet, green tea can keep your metabolism in high gear. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee, but it still can increase your heart rate and burn more calories.
Consuming proteins allow you to burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion. They allow you to feel full without adding fat. Lean meats include fish and salmon, which provide several benefits. Eating fish can reduce leptin, a hormone in our bodies, which directly affects the metabolism deciding whether or not your body stores calories or burns them for fuel.
A grain is considered “whole” when it consists of bran, germ, and endosperm. Whole grains are a great source of Vitamin B and E, magnesium, iron, and fiber. They can reduce risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and prevent blood clots from forming. Our bodies burn twice as many calories digesting whole foods than processed foods.
Whole grains include:
- Brown Rice
- Popcorn (without the butter, cheese, caramel, etc.)
- Whole Wheat
Apples are water-rich fruits that can make your diet plan more effective as it contains pectin, which helps limit the amount of fat your cells absorb. Other water-rich fruits can also do so and little berries can aid in digestion as they contain large quantities of antioxidants and fiber.
Remember to limit the amount of fruits you eat as most of them have a high natural sugar count which can produce insulin spikes in the body.
This whole grain is rich in hunger-fighting protein. It keeps you full with fewer calories and can help you avoid overeating. It contains multiple nutrients and twice the protein found in rice or barley. It also contains calcium, magnesium, manganese, B vitamins, vitamin E, and dietary fibre.
Bananas help you become more slim as it boosts your metabolism. They are filled with fibre that can curb your appetite. They are a great source of fuel for your body pre and post-exercise. They improve digestion and are a great source of potassium, which can get rid of water retention.
Eggs are loaded with protein that can curb your appetite, especially when eaten for breakfast. They are low in calories, as one large egg contains about 78 calories. For each teaspoon of butter or oil added to the egg, add around 50 calories to your intake. They also contain the essential amino acids that can boost your metabolism.
Slow nibbles of dark chocolate allows you to feel full longer, eat less, and slow down digestion. They curb your cravings for salt, sweet, or fatty-diet wreckers. They contain several healthy fats.
For more information on dark chocoalte, read our article titled “10 Benefits of Dark Chocolate.”
Coffee can curb your appetite and boost your metabolism. Coffee contains CGA, an antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which can increase your body’s use of fat for energy. Research has additionally shown that CGA can slow the release of glucose and lower insulin resistance to inhibit weight gain after eating a meal.
Brown rice is a heartier, fiber-packed alternative to white rice. A half-cup serving contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, which a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat. It is also a low-energy-density food, meaning it’s heavy and filling but low in calories.
These nuts are a great superfood that will help you slim down and shed some pounds. They are rich in healthy fats and full of nutrients such as magnesium and Vitamin E. They also have a high protein content which aids in the development of lean muscle mass. They also contain high quantities of dietary fiber, which aids in proper digestion of the food and healthy bowel movement.
By Sarah El Sharkawi
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