There is this saying that losing weight or maintaining proper weight is only 10% exercise and 90% the food that you eat, and it is definitely true. You can work out as much as you would like, but if you are eating poorly, chances are that your body isn’t going to experience the changes that you are looking to achieve.
Luckily, there are a variety of food items that act as fat burners, and they can easily be incorporated into your diet. That’s also not to mention that they are all absolutely delicious and the health benefits go far beyond burning fat…
So, are you ready to take a bite of fat burning, healthy foods?
Before we get into that, there are some secrets to shedding those pounds while savoring the taste of the following foods. The first thing to remember is to never skip breakfast as this is the meal that will immediately spark a boost in your metabolism for the entire day, and to keep that momentum going, you should also be eating every 3 hours. Eat your proteins and vegetables with every meal, steer clear of carbs after lunch, and you will be well on your way to a smaller waistline with these healthy foods.
Get Your Greens In
Green vegetables are full of health benefits and fat burning elements, and they also fight off free radicals and improve recovery of your muscles, which will further your potential when exercising. So, you definitely have to be getting your greens in. The fiber in green vegetables will make you feel fuller faster, and will also slow down your digestion rate, which also allows you to feel fuller longer…
Good bye, un-healthy snacking! (the biggest culprit of all time, right?)
Fill every meal with some green vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach and lettuce, but be careful with salads because the sugary and fattening topings can contradict your weight loss and healthy intentions.
A Palate for Proteins
You can find an abundance of proteins in foods such as eggs, nuts, beans, lentils, Greek yogurt and lean meats – all will provide significant health benefits that will further your path to achieving a smaller waistline.
Since these foods take longer for your body to digest, metabolize and use, you burn more calories just by eating them! Proteins then continue their slow path through your stomach, which allows you to feel fuller longer as well.
These protein rich foods will burn fat while also promoting muscle building, which is a fabulous bonus for your exercise classes!
Lean meats, such as turkey also strengthen your immune system which will result in a healthy weight loss, and nuts that still have their skins intact, such as almonds, will reduce your cravings as well.
Chow Down on Some Carbs
The majority of your carbs should come from fruits and vegetables. If you are working out regularly, adding in a dose of whole grains, sweet potatoes, lentils and brown rice will give you an extra boost of energy to help you excel at the gym…
Try to avoid starchy carbs (bread, pasta, etc.) and simple carbs (fruits) after lunch to deter your body from storing them as fat as opposed to using them as a source of energy.
There are many ways that you can get a good and healthy dose of carbs in your diet. Berries will prevent cravings and improve satiety, and are an excellent option for a snack that doesn’t contain high amounts of calories…
You just have to be sure to eat the entire thing, including the white membranes in order to receive the highest amount of benefits. Chili peppers will also increase your metabolism.
Do not be weary of whole grain breads and pastas, just be sure to eat them before the afternoon so that the sugars are not stored as fat overnight. These foods have incredible benefits for weight loss as they are an excellent source of protein, contain 18 amino acids with 9 of them being essentials, and they will also increase your digestibility, absorption of the minerals, and will provide you with an abundance of vitamin C and B, and fiber…
All are vital to achieving a smaller waistline.
Lastly, never forget about your water. Often times, when you’re feeling hungry you’re actually just thirsty…
So, drink up.
You may not have believed that the effects that each food mentioned above relate to fat burning, but they certainly do. Stick to healthy foods that encourage fat to be burned off to decrease your waistline in a healthy manner. Be sure to always place importance on the quality of foods that you are eating to ensure that you are receiving the highest potential of nutrients and health factors.
So how do your meals look? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below.