Whether you’re trying to shed some pounds to get your body bikini ready for the summer, or you want to lose weight to feel better about yourself, changing your diet is an important part of reaching your goal.
While you probably already know that a bacon cheeseburger with a side of cheese fries and ice cream sundaes topped with extra chocolate sauce and whipped cream aren’t nowhere near diet-friendly, you may not be aware that some of the foods that you might think will do your waistline good, may actually not be as great for weight loss as you thought.
The good news is that there are certain foods that can help curb your appetite and burn more calories—or both! Sounds like a weight loss dream, doesn’t it? So, what are these “magical” diet foods? Here’s a look at 10 different foods and drinks that can help you burn fat – and they’re all backed by scientific evidence.
You may have heard that nuts are full of fat, which may make you think that they aren’t good for losing weight. While it’s true that nuts are high in fat, they are high in good fat; monounsaturated fats. These fats help to burn fat. Plus, they’re low in carbs, high in fiber and full of protein.
It turns out that your morning cup o’ Joe does more than just give you a burst of energy; it also helps you burn fat. Evidence suggests that it helps to boost metabolism, thus increases the amount of fat you burn. Bear in mind to drink only organic, freshly brewed coffee without the creamer and sugar, not the instant ones!
3. Coconut Oil
Knowing the right kind of oil to use for cooking makes a whole world of difference. Ditch the vegetable oil and replace it with coconut oil. It’s chock full of so many good things, including a lovely little group of fats known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats make your body an efficient fat-burning machine. Or just drink 1-2 tsp of coconut oil daily. Learn here also, how to add coconut oil into your juices!
4. Green Tea
Like a freshly-brewed cup of coffee, green tea can help boost metabolism. It contains EGCG, an antioxidant that increases your ability to free fatty acids from your fat stores, which equals fat burning! (Note: Avoid drinking green tea if you tend to be anemic!).
5. Lean Meat and Oily Fish
Lean meats are high in protein and oily fish in the right kind of fats. Studies have shown that a diet rich in protein can speed up the metabolism, helping you to burn as much as 80 to 100 extra calories a day! Make sure that lean meat or fish make up 20% of your total food consumption.
6. Hot Peppers
Chop up some hot peppers or sprinkle hot pepper flakes on your food that could help you burn some fats. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which reduces the appetite and at the same time helps boost metabolism.
Think eggs aren’t diet-friendly? It is a myth that eggs raises blood cholesterol. Eating the whole egg (white and yolk) provides your body with complete amino acid for complete protein synthesis. Boiled or poached whole eggs (as opposed to fried) are some of the healthiest foods. They are nutrient-rich and keep you full for longer, reducing the urge to overeat.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
You may have heard that ACV helps with everything from heartburn to skin irritations. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll be delighted to learn that it can also aid in weight loss. ACV is just so rich with nutrients that it satisfies and fills you up. Add two teaspoons of ACV to a glass of water and drink about 15 minutes before food. It helps improve digestion and speeds up metabolism.
Read more about the many uses of apple cider vinegar.
9. Boiled Red-Skin Potatoes
Yes, potatoes may pack on pounds, if you prepare them the wrong way. Eat boiled red-skin potatoes (with the skin) instead of frying them. You will feel fuller for longer and eat less the rest of the day.
Sometimes when your body is dehydrated, it sends out signals that may be mistaken as hunger. Drinking water may help to satisfy this “false hunger” and prevent you from overeating. See how much water you need to drink daily, according to your body weight, and then more.