Are you looking to improve your diet while shedding a few extra unwanted pounds at the same time? Let’s take a look at 14 power foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet that will not only make you feel healthier, but will also help you burn off some of that excess weight at the same time.
Milk,Yogurt, & Cheese
Calcium has always been known for keeping our bones strong, but what many of you didn’t know is that the secret fat fighter found within each of these delicious dairy products is no other than the bone strengthener itself. Milk, cheese, and yogurt really can do the body good in more ways than one!
Oats & Barley
Both oats and barley are loaded with fibre which turns out to be another powerful fat fighter.
According to recent studies, the fibre found within oats and barley can work away at stubborn belly fat. So next time you are at a loss for a side dish to pair with your dinner, why not enjoy some barley instead of the regular old white rice side. When it comes to breakfast, toss some oats onto your morning fruit and yogurt, and you will be well on your way to dropping pounds around the mid section in no time!
Green tea has been around for decades, but has been surfacing more and more into the health market over the past few years. The secret fat fighter found within this warn beverage is; Catechins.
The Catechins found within green tea have the ability to increase not only metabolism, but also increase the rate to which the liver begins to burns fat. In order to take full advantage of the benefits of green tea, drink between three to six cups of a caffeinated blend daily.
Not only are eggs a great source of protein, but that source of protein is also the secret fat fighter that can help the body with weight loss in more ways than one. Since your body uses more energy to break down foods containing protein, you are burning far more calories than foods which don’t contain sources of protein. In addition, as you lose weight, protein helps you maintain muscle mass, and since muscle burns more calories than fat, you want to keep as much of it as you can. And lastly, protein will actually put a stop to hunger far better than carbohydrates and other foods.
Walnuts & Almonds
The secret fat burner found within these delicious little treats are the “good fats”. Many studies have shown that nuts eaten with proper portion control, prove to be a friendly snack for the mid section that can be added to your daily diet.
Loading up on fat’s when you are trying to lose weight may sound like a bit of a contradiction, however, the omega 3 fatty acids found in sources like salmon, may be just what the doctor ordered. According to recent studies, omega 3 fatty acids have been found to reduce overall body fat, while at the same time, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. In order to benefit from the omega’s in salmon and other oily fish, aim to eat at least twice weekly.
Apples, Pears & Sweet Peppers
These three foods have at least one thing in common, they all contain flavonoids. This natural chemical found in plant foods, is what makes this sweet trio the ultimate fat fighting snack. Studies have shown that those who consume this all natural chemical, tend to have a lower body mass index than those who didn’t consume. In addition, flavonoids can increase energy levels, so why not give them a try!
These very tiny seeds are packed with a secret fat fighting weapon known as: Lignans. Flaxseed has been widely associated with body inflammation, an aid to constipation, and recent studies have shown that postmenopausal women who consumed Lignans showed both a lower body mass and overall body fat. To reap the benefits of flaxseed, add one tablespoon to yogurt, smoothies, cereals, or salad dressing!
You may or may not have been aware of some or all of these fat burning foods, so now that you are more aware, why not try them out! You never know, you may just be surprised at just how much you like a few or even all of them!