Little Known Foods for Weight Loss

September 24, 2012

Diet and Weight Loss, health

If you want to truly lose weight and keep it off for good, then your best friend is actually the grocery store – not this week’s miracle weight loss fad. We all know that eating right is the basis of living healthy, but so many people think that it’s simply too difficult to do. Good news is that it isn’t nearly as difficult or expensive as you may think. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should always keep on hand, why and just how it will help you melt those pounds away once and for all…

Say Goodbye to Fat with Beans

Eating beans will help keep you belly feeling full longer and jet-start your fat burning furnace. There are endless ways of preparing beans, from eating them as-is to creating enticing salad dishes, meat-free burgers and even desserts. And guess what?

Beans have lots of resistant starch. What’s that mean? That means that about half the calories you get from beans can’t be absorbed by your body. If they can’t be absorbed, then they can’t be turned into fat. Not only that, but eating beans will also increase the level of fatty acid butyrate in your body. The fatty acid butyrate has been associated with a decrease in body fat and even controlling cell damage that often is the leading force of cancer development.

If you’re worried about the gas that often comes with eating beans, there’s a way to eliminate that. Eat more beans! The more beans you eat, the more good bacteria your body builds that’s used to digest them.

Eat Less When You Eat Pine Nuts

The magic of pine nuts come from the pinolenic acid found in them. This is a fat that stimulates the production of two powerful hormones: glucagon-like peptide and cholecystokinin. These hormones tell your brain that your stomach is already full… which means you can eat as little as a “shot glass” amount of pine nuts per day to decrease hunger and lose weight.

In fact, one study done on these little beauties showed that women who ate them experienced a substantial decrease in hunger and ate 36 percent less. Add to that the fact that pine nuts are extremely good sources of protein and it’s obvious you why you should be eating them.

Smarter Breakfast with Nighttime Fennel Tea

Drink fennel tea before hitting the sack. This is a no-brainer. Why is it so important to drink fennel tea before going to bed? Well for one, you won’t wake up with all those cravings first thing in the morning. It’s known for its ability to reduce cravings and the flavor has a way of resetting your taste buds. It helps your body absorb nutrients, improves digestion and helps decrease the amount of fat your body holds on to and stores.

Baby-Bella Crimini Mushrooms

Want to instantly make your tacos, burgers and other meat dishes healthier?  Finely chop and blend in crimini mushrooms in place of the meat. These baby Portobello-like mushrooms have a delectable meaty flavor to them and are very high in fiber. So next time you’re cooking, remember to replace some of the meat with these mushrooms. You’ll cut fat, increase fiber and make a healthier version without sacrificing any flavor.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Fat Away

Skip the pre-dinner salad and eat an apple instead. Or better yet, eat your small dinner salad, but be sure to add plenty of apples to the top. Apples contain a fiber called pectin, which decreases the calories and sugars that your body absorbs after eating. Eating apples will also maintain a healthy and steady blood sugar level, which also decreases the amount of fat your body decides to store. No more crashing down from a blood sugar high and eating everything in sight.

Raspberry Ketone Controls Your Metabolism

Take control of your metabolism. Raspberry ketone is found in raspberries and it controls the adiponectin in your body. Adiponectin regulates your metabolism. You regulate it and you will control your metabolism. When you use raspberry ketone, the fat in your cells are basically disintegrated and you burn fat easier and faster. You won’t get the same benefit from eating raspberries, though. You need about 100mg per day and if you tried to get that from pure raspberries, you’d have to eat about 90 pounds of them… look for a raspberry ketone supplement to do the job.

Chili Peppers Wards Away Cravings

The casaicin (the compound in peppers that give ‘em their pop), also boosts metabolism by increasing body temperature. They also decrease your appetite, so a decrease in appetite and a boost to metabolism? Yes, please! You don’t have to eat them raw, either. Simply add  a little bit of pure chili sauce to your meal and kick start your metabolism.

Carb Blocking Vinegar

Adding vinegar to your meal will put a stop to any roller coaster blood sugar level spikes. It will also help your body slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, so it’s a good idea to add some vinegar to anything on the starchy side… potatoes, pasta, etc… There are all kinds of vinaigrette out there with flavors to compliment just about any type of meal. They’re also pretty simple to make on your own, too.

Fighting Fat with Chia Seeds

Ahh the infamous chia seeds. High fiber little studs they are… they help you to quickly feel fuller, reduce your cholesterol and sends fat that would otherwise get stored in your body on a hike. You can easily whip up light, refreshing, healthy drinks with chia seeds. Mix together some water, agave or your favorite juice (pomegranate works beautifully), chia seeds and a slice of lemon.

The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea had its time in the spotlight and seems to have become ‘old school’, but don’t put it on the back burner just because it isn’t the newest thing to come along. Drinking green tea between meals will keep you fuller and satisfied, so you don’t snack as much. If you make it a part of your daily routine for the long run, you’ll get several other health benefits too. Your body will change how it reacts to cravings, reduce fat storage and metabolize food better.

Pepitas, Seeds that Fuel Fat Loss

Don’t let the word fool you… pepitas is simply Spanish for squash or pumpkin seeds. They’re plum full of omega-3 fatty acids that we all know are important for a healthy body and more important if you’re trying to lose weight. But besides omega-3 fatty acids, they’re also an amazing source of protein and magnesium. Like many things on this list, this combination can reduce cravings, but can go so far as to help you strengthen your muscles. You can roast them in the oven with light seasoning and eat plain or top a salad or chicken dinner with them for some crunch.

Red Lentils Fills You with Fiber

A single cup of red lentils will give you ¾ of your daily fiber. Bam. That was easy, right? These little legumes are obviously packed full of fiber, but also with protein. Eat them as a snack, replace meat in a meal with them or even make yummy rice cakes (which also have vinegar in them – two items from our list in one).

Watermelon, the Protein-Packed Superfood

Watermelon… the light, sweet taste almost everyone loves at a cookout. But did you know that watermelon is actually very high in fiber and protein? As with the red lentils, one cup will give you about ¾ of your daily recommendation of fiber.

Cinnamon, Spice Your Way to Weight Loss?

Want to lower your blood sugar levels (therefore decreasing cravings) while enjoying a delightful dish? Fix up your favorite oatmeal or coffee drink and add some cinnamon to it. Cinnamon will also slow the speed at which food can pass through your stomach. Don’t limit yourself to cinnamon only with toast of drinks, though. There are plenty yummy meals that include cinnamon.

Powerful Avocados to Trim the Tummy

Avocados have been all the rage recently and for good reason. It’s a good thing Subway puts such an emphasis on them during the avocado season. The great thing about avocados for anyone wanting to lose weight is the monounsaturated fat that they contain. They’re a fat burning energy source that’s a must-have in your diet if you wanna trim down the tummy.

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