Eat to Burn Fat, Naturally!

5 “SUPERFOODS TO HELP YOU BURN CALORIES

Yes, you can burn calories and lose fat naturally by eating yummy food. There are food you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: for these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet.

AVOCADO

avocadoWhile avocados are relatively high calorie food with 100 grams of the fresh fruit providing around 160 calories (more than two thirds of those calories come from monounsaturated oleic acid). Studies have demonstrated that monounsaturated fats like oleic acid are much more likely to be utilized by your body as a slow burning energy source than saturated fat. Increasing your intake of monounsaturated fats, versus both polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, has also been shown to provide a marked improvement in insulin sensitivity and glycemic control – a major factor in weight gain and developing diabetes. As an additional health benefit, eating a diet high in the omega-9 fats, of which avocado is one of the best sources, has been shown to have the potential to reduce blood levels of ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, at the same time as raising ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Omega-9 fat also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants from the food they are eaten with.

GREEN TEA

greenteaGreen tea contains bioactive substances like caffeine and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which can have powerful effects on metabolism. In order to burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream. These active compounds can aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones. EGCG helps inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases. This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down. The end result is that the fat cell breaks down more fat, which is released into the bloodstream and becomes available for use as energy by cells that

CHILI PEPPERS

chili-pepper2Chili peppers contain capsaicin – thermogenics that stimulate the body’s burning of fat by spiking the metabolism of the body’s adipose tissue, generating heat. A Korean biotechnologist Jong Won Yun and colleagues report that capsicum lowers caloric intake, shrinks fat tissue and reduces fat levels in the blood. These researchers have found that the heat generated by peppers can actually increase your consumption of calories and oxidize layers of fat. Pushing the body to use more fat as fuel may help people lose weight when they consume a low-calorie diet by increasing their metabolism.

SPINACH

spinach2When it comes to weight-loss foods, spinach is a real nutritional powerhouse. A single cup of spinach contains just 7 calories and only 1 gram of carbohydrate, plus it provides you with iron, folate, magnesium, calcium and plenty of antioxidants. Making this filling, low-calorie food a regular part of your meal plan could aid weight loss. Swedish researchers found green leaf membranes called thylakoids boost weight loss. Membranes gradually slowed digestion process giving intestinal hormone enough time to signal to the brain that the body is full. This green vegetable also help fight free radicals and improve recovery for better muscle building.

WHOLE GRAINS

whole-grainsWhole grains contain – as the name suggested – the ‘whole’ grain, including the nutrient-rich germ, the energy-providing endosperm and the fibre-rich bran layer. When grains are refined, for example to make white flour, rice or bread, the outer bran layer and germ are stripped away, so that the grain loses much of its fibre and many of its nutrients. By opting for whole grains – rather than processed products – you get the complete package of fibre, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and complex carbohydrates. Research shows that whole grains can help to keep the heart healthy. They also help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and a healthy body weight. People who eat more whole grain foods have a lower Body Mass Index and are less likely to gain weight over time. This is possible because they are low in fat but high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, which can help to fill you up.

Don’t rely on one thing to help you lose weight-always maintain a balanced diet. Just as supplying your body with the right raw materials helps weight loss efforts and benefits overall health and longevity, so does exercise and drink plenty water, mineral water to help flush any built-up “clutter” from your system.

Always remember that weight isn’t everything. Muscle does weigh more than fat, and being fit and healthy is more important than being incredibly “thin.” Healthy looks good on you, and don’t forget it! Go, grocery shopping for these food to help you lose weight naturally.

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