When you think about losing weight, it’s natural that your first thoughts might be about doing more exercise and going on the dreaded ‘diet.’
Being active is always great for keeping fit and maintaining a healthy weight, but there’s a very big difference between going on a diet and having a healthy one.
Dieting is temporary, and so are its results.
To lose weight and keep it off in the long run, you need to make your meals work for you and one of the easiest ways to do that is to make smarter food choices and eat plenty of those which naturally burn fat.
Yes – you read that right, some foods actually burn fat!
To maximise the results of any weight loss program you embark on, include these five foods in your daily diet and get those stubborn kilos, gone for good:
These tiny seeds are packed with fibre, protein and omega-3 and are thought to stabilise blood sugars and reduce cholesterol. They help to boost your metabolism and get your glucagon hormone, the one responsible for burning fat, kick-started.
Chia seeds are versatile enough to use in all sorts of recipes, from salads to puddings, so go nuts (or should we say seeds!) and add them to your favourite dishes.
Anyone who tries to convince you that this green fruit (yes, fruit, not vegetable) is fattening, is either a fool or has shares in a burger chain. Ignore them.
The monosaturated fat in avocadoes is the good kind. It actually helps to plump up cell membranes and block fat-storing hormones while its other nutritional contents help your body to absorb the goodness from other foods and make you feel fuller for longer.
Slice them up in salads or wraps, or mash them up with lime and coriander for a fresh and tasty guacamole.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin, a natural compound that heats your body up and as your body responds to cool you down, it literally melts calories.
Try adding fresh, powdered, dried chillies or hot sauce to your cooked meals and salads.
Foods which are rich in fibrelike brown rice, oatmeal and even popcorn (as long as it’s not coated in caramel!) give your digestive system a real workout.
They help to keep your gut healthy and while it’s working hard, it’s burning calories too. Bonus!
You need a drink to wash all that goodness down and a scientific study by The American Journal of American Nutrition found that green tea has a thermogenic effect, which means that it burns calories efficiently.
Aim to drink four or more cups a day and if you find it a little bitter, add a squeeze of lemon juice to sweeten the taste, boost your immune system and aid digestion.
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