As there are many tips to weight loss there are also many secrets. When you think of losing weight, your first thought is naturally about the foods you will have to eliminate from your diet. But, how often do you think about the foods you need to add? Probably not very often, some diets or weight loss programs talk about eating less food but today we will be talking about adding certain foods to your diet. Now here’s a little secret…these foods will help you lose weight while boosting your metabolism too.
Okay let the cheating start
Oatmeal and oat brans are loaded with fiber,which helps your digestive system, and when eaten can expand to almost 30 times their volume. This is great because now you can decrease your appetite by making yourself feel fuller longer, but don’t go too long without eating. You can probably go without eating for about 4 hours, while keeping your energy levels high at the same time. In order to increase the effectiveness of your weight loss progress, eat oatmeal about two hours before working out. Steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and plain or natural oatmeal are your best options. Avoid the instant flavored oatmeal in packets as they contain lots of sugar and other additives, plus they are much more processed, meaning the fiber content is decreased. If you don’t like plain oats, like me, I made some oatmeal jelly bars to see how they tasted… They came out really good, there wasn’t too much oatmeal taste!
Raw Fruits and Vegetables
Your body burns, on average, 15% more calories when your meals contain mostly raw fruits and veggies. It just makes sense because since fruits and vegetables come rich in enzymes these help fruit dissolve faster and in order to lose weight you need to eat meals consisting of mostly raw ingredients. The benefit of eating raw fruits and veggies is that they also contain high sources of nutrients, which your body needs to make you feel satisfied. I happened to stumble upon a very informative website that has most fruits and vegetables listed in it along with the minerals and vitamins contained.
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It also contains sections on vitamins, minerals, protein, nuts & seeds, and legumes as well for more information.
It’s said that for years people who added spices to their diet would lose weight. Recently, a professor at Oxford University, found that by eating just 3 grams of chili peppers in a meal increased fat-burning metabolism by 8% to 20%, for up to three hours after eating the peppers. The next time you’re going to eat a sandwich think about adding some spicy mustard to help you burn an extra 45 to 75 calories over the same three hour time span. You can also add fresh ginger to your diet to get a strong diuretic, which means that you will pee more often and get ride of toxins faster. Fresh ginger also increases growth hormone production, therefore increasing the amount of fat released from your body’s fat stores for burning as fuel. I don’t cook often with spices which is why I looked for help and found this link:
This is a 25 step guide for cooking with the most common spices. Which I will be reading for the next couple days
“An apple a day keeps the fat away.” I know it’s said that way but I liked it better
While eating raw fruits in general is typically considered a great way to lose weight, apples are especially important to single out. Apples contain pectin, which prevents your body from over-absorbing fat, as well as causing your body to release some of the stored fat. A study done in Brazil found that people who ate an apple before each meal lost 33% more weight than a group of people who didn’t eat an apple. Pectin also acts as an appetite suppressant, so they are great snacks to have between meals.
Not only are most fish loaded with tons of omega-3s, but fish like tuna, sardines, and salmon trigger the hormone leptin. Leptin is a fat-burning hormone that suppresses your appetite and determines whether you store the calories you eat as fat, or if you burn those calories for energy, which means if you go for a short walk after your meal it will be energy. The origin of the word is interesting, too. Leptin originated from the Greek word “leptos” which means “slender.” So, adding more leptin to your diet may just prove to be slenderizing for you.
Eating certain foods to lose weight is not a brand new theory. We’ve often heard about diet fads that include one or two foods that dominate the program. The idea of eating specific foods that have been scientifically studied is a much more recent development in the weight loss world. When you look at the reasons why certain foods actually help you burn fat and calories, it just makes more sense to add these foods to your diet plan.
The Healthy Lunch Recipe Girl,