It may surprise you to know you don’t have to nibble on celery sticks or carrots to get that metabolism going to burn calories to lose weight. Many foods are thought to be fattening, when in fact they actually can help your body burn fat so you can slim down faster. There are good reasons to re-think some of the “forbidden” foods when deciding what foods to choose for your diet. Let’s take a look at a few of these much aligned foods to set the record straight.
Who would have thought that this small nut would have such a significant impact on weight loss? A Purdue University study showed that when compared to eating rice cakes, people who ate a handful of almonds felt fuller longer. Surprisingly, almonds are loaded with fat, but it’s good fat. It’s the kind of fat that your brain and body needs to function. Enjoy about 16 to 20 almonds every day to satisfy your hunger without overloading on calories.
A healthy intake of fats can help you lose weight. How? By controlling hunger. Fats make you feel full. Monounsaturated fats are a good choice because you will keep cholesterol under control while satisfying your cravings, and olive oil fits the bill. Eliminating fats from your diet to lose weight has been a dieting standard for many years, but certain fats are essential to a healthy diet. This concept is surprising to many long-term dieters. But, in these modern times, science has proven that oils, the right oil, provides nutrition that your body needs as well as weight loss benefits.
For years, people have claimed that adding spices to your diet can help with weight loss. Recently, a professor at Oxford University, found that by eating just 3 grams of chili peppers in a meal can increase your fat-burning metabolism by 8% to 20%, for up to three hours after eating the peppers. Also, the addition of spicy mustard to your sandwich may burn an extra 45 to 75 calories over the same three hour time span. And, just by adding fresh ginger to your diet, you get a strong diuretic. Fresh ginger also increases growth hormone production, therefore increasing the amount of fat released from your body’s fat stores for burning as fuel.
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Another on the list of unexpected foods to help slim you down is a particular favorite of most foodies. This low-calorie, calcium-rich treat activates the body’s fat-burning hormones, say University of Wisconsin researchers. This cheese also has a higher protein content compared to other dairy products. Consider adding this powerhouse of flavor to roasted vegetables for that little extra boost.
We’ve been told for so long that you have to eliminate animal fat from your diet to lose weight, that it’s hard to wrap your head around this one, right? But, new research has proven that animal fat provides some nutritional value you need and may be a better choice than other forms of fat in some cases. Not only does fat in your food make you feel full, but certain animal fat may provide your body with some missing elements. Even the much dreaded lard has been making a dietary come back. Your body needs vitamin D to feel good and to function. Interestingly, foods that provide vitamin D, all of which are animal foods, tend to be high in cholesterol. What does this have to do with weight loss? If you are not getting enough vitamin D, you will not be active. Your bones and muscles are going to suffer, keeping you sedentary, which is a disaster when trying to lose weight. So, animal fats in moderation should be on your weight loss radar.
Through the years, there have been diet gurus who have pitched some pretty far-fetched ideas about weight loss. Usually, it comes down to moderation. Avoiding certain foods entirely, even the foods that “sound” fattening, may not be the best way to lose weight and keep it off. It’s confusing, I know. But, give it some thought and decide for yourself which weight loss theories make sense to you.