With the approaching festive season, many people will not want to go on a diet to eat less to lose weight. So this article will not be telling you what not to eat, but what to eat more of instead so that you can enjoy your holiday binging. However, if you really do put on holiday weight, then we will tackle those issues when it comes.
Different food will act differently on our bodies and in order to lose weight, we need to choose the foods that can raise our metabolic rate and at the same time make us feel full so that we will not feel hungry and eat too much. If you are one of those who can’t resist snacking in between meals, then go for foods which can help you to burn more calories.
Almonds – In a report by the International Journal of Obesity, subjects who snacked on almonds each day decreased their weight by as much as 18% compared to 11% for subjects who didn’t. This is because almonds contain alpha-linolenic acid, which can help to speed up the body’s metabolic rate. Almonds are also high in protein and this can make you feel full longer and so you will not go hungry and eat more.
Almonds contain as much as 6 grams of protein per ounce along with dietary fiber (which keeps hunger at bay), phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.
Sweet potato – Surprisingly, the humble sweet potato is also a fat busting food. It is high in fiber and low in fat. Sweet potatoes have high carotenoid level which can help to stabilize blood sugar level and lowering insulin resistance.
Sweet potato is a stomach feeling food and thus you can get full easily and will not crave for more food that soon. Also carotenoids will enhance your muscle tissue recovery after weight training and so will raise your metabolism even further.
High calcium vegetables – Eat more foods containing high calcium such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Why do I only mention vegetables that contain calcium? This is because vegetables are low in fat and high in fibers. Research has shown that subjects on a caloric restriction diet with a small amount of calcium lost far less weight than those with increased calcium consumption.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a plant related to the ginger family and is native to the Indian sub-continent. It has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor with a mild fragrance and is better known as one of the ingredients used to make curry and saffron rice. Turmeric encourages the release of digestive enzymes which help to break down fats and carbohydrates in the foods you eat.
High fiber foods – Eat plenty foods high in fibers. This is because high fibrous foods are more difficult to digest and forces your body to work harder to break them down. This will thus make you feel fuller and absorb less fat. So go ahead and enjoy your asparagus, apples, broccoli, cabbage and carrots.
Cinnamon – This is of South East Asian origin and has been proven to control post meal insulin spikes. This insulin spike is the main cause of fat retention in the body. You can easily find Cinnamon products in your neighborhood grocery stores nowadays.
Who said that you have to eat less to lose weight? They are not wrong, but you can also eat more of the right foods to lose weight as well!
Chris Chew is a sought after fitness consultant. If you are serious about losing weight, then read Lose weight become slim and Weight loss fitness programs