Have you ever heard that it was possible to “eat your way to thin?”
While all foods have calories and in excess will lead to weight gain, there are some foods that can help you burn more fat. That’s because they help you build muscle, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Here are 8 foods that will do just that:
Apples don’t just keep the doctor away, it seem; apparently, they also help to keep the fat away!
Apples raise the blood glucose level (blood sugar) in a slow and safe way that helps it stay elevated longer – that means it takes longer until you feel hungry again.
Apples are also an excellent source of soluble fiber, making you feel fuller and preventing hunger pangs.
Spinach is one of the best green leafy vegetables you can eat; it lowers the cholesterol, boosts metabolism and helps burn fat. What’s more, it’s an excellent source of iron, beta carotene and vitamins C and E.
While coffee has its place on this list, we do want to urge moderation; caffeine does have its risk factors, including insomnia and nervousness.
However, that same caffeine will also boost your metabolism. It indirectly helps with weight loss, as this stimulant effect will help you to burn calories at a quicker rate.
For health reasons though, it’s a good idea to drink only one cup in the morning and one in the afternoon. For best results, drink it black or only with a bit of skim milk – no sugar!
Grapefruit is amazing. The average sized fruit has a mere 74 calories, contains an astonishing 15 grams of the fiber, pectin (known to help lower cholesterol), is loaded with Vitamin C and potassium and contains no fat or sodium.
What’s more, it’s got a high level of galacturonic acid (pectin) that helps keep cholesterol down.
Potatoes are actually a great food to eat when you’re trying to lose weight, despite what most are taught to think. This root vegetable is also helpful in keeping cholesterol down, and helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
In general, you should avoid the high sodium varieties of soup you get from the grocery store, but homemade soup is very good for you and helps you lose weight!
Studies have shown that people who make a habit of eating a bowl of soup before each meal will lose more weight than people who don’t. It makes sense; soup is mostly water and fills you up so you eat less – yet you tend to feel full and satisfied.
If you have a sweet tooth, berries are the perfect food for you. Their natural sweetness comes from fructose, and satisfies that need for sweets while giving you fiber to make you feel full and eat less.
Besides that, berries are super healthy with potassium to help with your blood pressure and and antioxidants to fight cancer.
This Asian food is one of the healthiest protein sources around.
It’s high in calcium and iron, very low in sodium and has zero saturated fats. On top of that, it helps get your metabolism going, which indirectly leads to weight loss. Oh, and it’s good for lowering cholesterol, too!
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