When it comes to personal health, one of the major concerns that has been striking the world for years is weight and obesity. Unfortunately, many diets cause people to become “yo-yo” dieters, or they aren’t able to eat the normal foods that they love (or so they think) in order to maximize fat loss, and burn calories. In this article, we’re going to discuss 10 foods that will accelerate your metabolism as well as help you burn fat faster, so you can feel healthier, happier, and be the you that you want to be.
Believe it or not, nuts are loaded with healthy fats, fibers, and protein. Using organic peanuts and nuts whole are a great way to boost your protein and fat intake, and you can actually eat a quarter cup in order to get a humongous serving of protein, polyunsaturated and even monounsaturated fats, and more than 4 grams of fiber. Another alternative is that almost every nut can also be found in a “nut butter”, which is mainly the ground up nut with a little bit of salt, and nut oils. The best bet is to stay away from butters that are loaded with sugar though, so you may want to stick to the organically ground ones you can find, or simply make them yourself.
Which Came First?
Well of course the chicken came first, but did you know that eggs are extremely high in protein and healthy fats, despite the fact that in the past there was some scare on the cholesterol that you were getting from eggs. You can easily get 70 calories just from one large egg, but get more than 6 grams of protein, practically no sugar and carbs (less than 1g of carbohydrates per egg), and 4.75g of healthy fats.
Milk Does a Body Good
There have been recent debates on whether you get the same amount of calcium (especially with children) from skim milk vs. whole milk, but the truth is that you get a lot more benefits from whole milk, and things aren’t synthetically fortified as much (other than A and D vitamins). With each 8 oz. serving, you get 161 calories which is 8 grams of fat, 13 grams of healthy carbs, and even 8 grams of protein.
Yogurt is Plentiful
Eating yogurt is extremely healthy for you, and eating a cup of yogurt a day is also extremely good for your gut, since it’s loaded with numerous healthy probiotics. With yogurt you can get a nice dose of healthy fats, only 9 grams of carbs, and a whopping 22 grams of protein.
Super Fruits – Various Berries
Berries have been around for centuries, and are a well-known way to pump your body with more healthy fiber than many other fruits. At the same time, blackberries, blueberries, and many other raspberries (including strawberries) are full of antioxidants that can help your body. They are a little higher in sugars, but it is more in the form of natural fructose. The only thing you’d have to worry about is eating too many of them if you were on a Keto diet.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Most cooking oils are loaded with way to many fats, and they aren’t healthy for you, as they are empty calories that can cause numerous health problems and gastrointestinal problems. However, coconut oil and olive oil are very healthy for you. You can get plenty of healthy fats without having too much, and coconut oil itself is loaded with medium chain triglycerides.
If you were a kid in the 1980’s, you may have heard of the book called “The Avocado Baby”. That being said, it showed a picture of the baby that ate avocados being super strong. While you might not become the Incredible Hulk or even Superman, avocados are a part of the “super foods” group that are loaded with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and potassium, as well as antioxidants that can help detoxify your body.
Eating fish that are loaded with healthy fats and Omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and even sardines are a great way to help your heart, as well as give you healthy fats, no carbs, and a humongous boost of protein to help keep you full, burn fat, and build muscle.
Green Leaves Make a Difference
Other superfoods are green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, collard greens, mixed greens, and brussel sprouts. They are loaded with water, and have a ton of healthy vegetables and antioxidants that can promote happy health and energy.
Bring the Spice!
While not everyone is savvy to eating spicy foods, there have been studies which have proved that chili peppers, jalapeños, and other hot peppers (such as cayenne), as well as radishes all have an ingredient that makes them hot, but can help increase your metabolism, as well as provide excellent fat burning opportunities, and satiate your hunger more. They (along with black pepper) all have capsaicin in them, which can also help your body absorb more nutrients, while helping you to feel more full when you’re eating your food. Have indigestion from them? Add that 8 oz. glass of milk we talked about earlier to help curb the spice and heartburn that you may get from them, or add a bit of cheese, unflavored yogurt, or even sour cream (about 1tsp) to your food as well.
There are many more foods out there that can help you when it comes to losing weight and curbing your appetite. You can even incorporate whey protein and a multivitamin as a way to skip a meal if need be to help increase your fat loss power. By adding these healthy foods to your diet however, you can greatly increase your metabolism, which is one of the biggest factors that are out there. At the same time, you’ll give yourself the energy that you need in order to go about your day to day life and even increase your stamina so you can burn even more of those calories you want to shed.