The food you’re eating might be sabotaging your workout. But good news: There’s no need to cut out all of your favorite foods completely. In fact, some of the most delicious meals and snacks have nutrients and hormones that can actually help you drop the weight.
Read on for the top foods for weight loss, and start packing them into your daily diet.
All citrus fruits are good for weight loss, but pink grapefruit contains a reddish pigment called lycopene, plus all the other powerful compounds, that limit fat absorption and boost metabolism.
Spinach is rich in lipoic acid—a compound that shuttles blood sugar into the cells so that it can be burned for energy (instead of stored as fat).
The healthy omega-3 fats in tuna improve the body’s ability to use leptin—a hormone that curbs hunger and signals to the brain when you’re full.
Between all the probiotics and the protein, yogurt stimulates the liver to burn body fat for energy. But be sure to opt for the plain, since flavored yogurt can be packed with unwanted sugars.
According to researchers at the University of California, avocados are rich in omega-9 fats, which make cells in your muscles melt approximately five percent more fat. Omega-9s also prevent cravings by sending signals to the brain.
Cinnamon makes fat cells considerably more open to insulin, which increases your body’s metabolism by about 20 percent. The delicious spicex can also help to stabilize levels of sugar in the blood.
Research shows that sprinkling 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds on your food daily could help you shed one pound each month. That’s due to ALA—a plant fat that stabilizes blood sugar, increases fat burning and lessens appetite.
Drinking green tea regularly can reduce body fat, boost metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. On top of that, green tea also increases thermogenesis, which is the body’s rate of burning calories.
The same compound that makes chili peppers hot—Capsaicin—can increase your metabolism and help you burn fat quicker.
Filled with potassium and magnesium, bananas offset the bloating that’s often caused by salty processed foods. Additionally, bananas are filled with plant-based prebiotics.
The information in this article does not mean that exercise and other helpful ways of keeping your body healthy should be ignored.