One of the biggest mistakes that’s sabotaging many people’s weight loss efforts is thinking that food is your enemy when battling fat.
The truth is, some foods actually turn up the heat on your metabolism, and boost your body’s ability to burn fat, even when you’re not exercising.
Here are 5 foods that you should pack on in your diet to ensure the excess pounds and inches come off faster. Because they taste good, you won’t feel like you’re dieting.
To keep the pounds at bay, eat an apple or two a day. Apples are high in pectin, which binds with water and limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Apples are also high in fiber, which makes you feel full.
Numerous studies have found that eating an apple a half hour to an hour before a meal can cut your overall calorie in take by half.
Recent research suggests eating apples has other benefits, too. The antioxidants in apples appear to prevent metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. These conditions tend to accompany thickening around the waist.
Because oats are a whole grain, they get a bad rep. But oats are good for you. They are high in soluble fiber, which helps in reducing cholesterol and blood fat levels.
Oats are also high on what nutritionists call the “satiety index,” meaning oats have tremendous power to make you feel full. Coupled with that, oats are digested slowly, so they don’t raise your blood sugar, and they keep you feeling filled up well into the late morning.
Oatmeal is, oddly enough, one of the best foods to help you sleep, as well. Old-fashioned steel-cut and rolled oats, with up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, are best, but even instant oatmeal has 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a food, it’s a spice, but so much the better; it doesn’t add calories, while helping you burn fat. According to a recent study of diabetics, cinnamon appears to have the power to help your body metabolize sugar.
Eating as little as 1/4 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day was found to reduce blood sugar levels and cut cholesterol from 10 to 25 percent. So add cinnamon to smoothies, sprinkle it on your cereal, or flavor your coffee with it.
4. Pine Nuts
Rich in heart-healthy fatty acids, pine nuts have been found to boost levels of the so-called “satiety hormone,” ghrelin, which signals your brain that you’re full.
When ghrelin levels are high, not only do you not feel hungry, you’re more able to resist cravings.
According to studies done in Korea, a big producer of pine nuts, these same fatty acids have been shown to prevent the formation of belly fat.
News alert! Eggs are no longer bad for you.
Because they’re a concentrated form of animal protein without the added fat that comes with meat, eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and the perfect way to start your day.
A recent study found that people who ate an egg in addition to toast or cereal every morning lost twice as much weight as those who only ate toast or cereal.
So now you have it. 5 foods to get your body burning fat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.