10 Fat Burning Foods From your Local Grocery Store
Do you feel that this pandemic is affecting your physical and mental health? Being stuck in one place and trying to keep up with your health can be very hectic indeed. While exercise and workout routines are a great way to deal with this problem, adopting a healthy diet that can fire up your metabolism is just as important.
You are what you eat, so it’s safe to say excessive carbs and unnecessary fatty meals are not an option.
Now, eating healthy and metabolism-boosting foods doesn’t mean you have to let go of all things tasty. We are not saying you have to get rid of all the stuff you like. All you need to do is make sure you eat healthier and maintain your muscle mass by adding these amazing foods to your diet that will torch your calories and burn that extra fat. If you are serious about your health you will also need to start cutting down/out those fried foods/takeaways etc
Lentils, particularly black ones, are extremely rich in protein and boost your metabolism greatly because, with these, your body needs to burn a greater number of calories to digest them compared to other lower-protein foods. These may effectively prevent and treat most metabolic issues. Lentils are also rich in a unique kind of fiber called ‘Resistant starch.’ This fiber, in the large intestine, produces beneficial fatty acids that can block the consumption of carb stores in your body, so it uses stored fat and recently consumed fat instead.
When talking about healthy green veggies, Broccoli should be given foremost importance. It is rich in Fibre, protein, calcium and helps prevent many bone diseases.
Broccoli is a fibre-rich vegetable that helps eliminate toxins from the body. It helps in digestion, prevents constipation while maintaining a low blood sugar level, and reduces overeating. Since it is rich in fibre, it also helps in weight loss, and being rich in protein it can prove an excellent source of dietary proteins for vegetarians. Besides these, Broccoli also has cancer-preventing, anti-aging, cholesterol-reducing, antioxidant, and eye care qualities.
This root is packed with magic that can make you healthy in no time. Adding just a slight amount of ginger to your daily meals can enhance fat-burn and boost your metabolism. It has been shown to help reduce high levels of blood sugar and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as ‘Good Cholesterol.’ Studies have suggested that adding 2 grams of ginger powder to hot water and drinking it with meals reduces the feeling of hunger and has a strong calorie-burning effect. Ginger can also soothe an upset stomach effectively plus reduce pain and swelling in joints.
Beans, particularly boiled soybeans and kidney beans, are a rich source of proteins, fibre, vitamins, iron, zinc, etc. Since they are rich in fiber, they lower blood sugar levels after meals and boost your metabolism greatly. They also increase healthy gut bacteria and manage cholesterol levels. The vitamin B and zinc in beans help build calorie-burning muscle. Being protein-rich, beans help preserve lean muscle mass and burn more calories even if your body is at rest. Studies have suggested that not only do they help you lose weight but also prevent you from gaining it back.
A combination of caffeine and catechins found in tea substantially boosts your metabolic rate. Green tea and oolong have received special attention in that they increase metabolism by 4-10%, which means they help you burn an extra 70 calories per day. They enable your body to use stored fat more effectively, thus increasing the body’s fat-burning ability by 17%. Green tea has long been associated with good health in the Far East, but its wide ranging benefits are only now coming to light here in the West. As well as boosting metabolism it is also known to assist with the reduction in swelling, as an antioxidant, lowering blood sugar levels and cellulite reduction.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in acetic acid which prevents fat storage, balances acidity levels in the body, lowers blood sugar level, decreases insulin levels, boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria and burns fat. Apple cider vinegar, although, doesn’t boost metabolism directly, it is known to create a full thereby making you eat less. The best way to add it to your diet is to mix 1-2 teaspoons in water and drink before each meal three times a day.
Avocado has received its reputation for being rich in fat, but it’s mostly the good kind of fat. The special kind of fatty acids in avocado are proven to be heart-healthy. If you’re trying to lose weight, this should be your go-to food as it gives a feeling of satisfaction and reduces the desire to eat in the hours following a meal. It helps lower cholesterol and boosts metabolism greatly. Besides these, avocados are still a win-win due to its qualities in maintaining blood pressure, weight reduction, assisting in clot prevention, sugar-level-maintenance and supporting a healthy heart.
- Chili pepper
Surprised to see this in the list? Well, you see, hot chili pepper contains a substance called Capsaicin, which boosts metabolism and helps in weight management as it prompts your body to burn more calories by increasing heart rate and making hormones alert. Also, Capsaicin may have appetite-reducing properties. Spicy meals containing hot chili peppers give a feeling of fullness. Besides these, Capsaicin may also help reduce pain and swelling and believed to act as an anticancer agent.
Due to being rich in protein, eggs are among the best foods to boost metabolism. A large, hard-boiled egg contains about 6.2 grams of protein, and this makes them the perfect metabolism-boosting food. Our body needs greater amounts of energy to digest proteins than to digest fats or carbohydrates. This phenomenon is known as the ‘Thermic effect of food’ or diet-induced thermogenesis (we know its sounds like something out of Sci-fi!). Protein-rich foods tend to increase your metabolic rate by 15-30% compared to 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats. They help your body to hold onto its muscle mass during weight loss.
Probiotic yoghurt, according to studies, helps in digestion, boosts your metabolism, burn excess fat, and support the good bacteria in your gut. Plain, unsweetened varieties are better since they don’t contain any added sugars. Studies have suggested that people who eat three servings of yogurt daily burn much more fat and lose 22% more weight than those who just cut calories. If you do want to add some sweetness to natural yoghurt, then add some blueberries which are also great for you.
So, when you are making next your next trip to the grocery store, make sure to include some of the above ingredients. Add these to your daily intake as part of a balanced diet and you wont be long to see improvements.