Most people know that eating too much makes them fat. What many don't know is that eating certain food can also help with fat loss. Of course, they must be eaten in moderation. When eaten properly, these wonder foods will add that extra kick to your weight loss plan.
Protein requires more energy to digest than carbs or fats. That means if you eat a slice of beef that's about 200 calories, hypothetically you might burn 40 calories digesting it. Whereas, eating an ice-cream will require very few calories to digest it.
That means you should be getting quite a bit of your daily calories from protein foods. Meats and legumes are awesome sources of protein. The protein will also help you gain muscle if you are on a weight training program. Aim for about 0.8 grams per pound of bodyweight.
The protein will build more muscle. When you have more muscle, you end up burning more fat. This is a good cycle to be in. That is why you may notice that people who are muscular and fit get away with eating more. Their muscles are burning more calories round the clock.
Good sources of protein are skinless chicken, lean beef, tuna, sardines, chickpeas, eggs and salmon. The fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids. That makes them even more beneficial to the body.
The chemical properties in certain foods trigger off certain processes in the body that cause fat loss. So, eating these foods will make your body wake up and burn more fat.
Green tea is one of them. Do not use sugar. It may not taste great but it works. Chillies, lemons, oranges, mangoes, garlic, ginger and onions are all food that contain many powerful antioxidants and nutrients that strengthen your immune system. When you are strong, your workouts will be better and you will burn more fat.
One common problem most people face when they first embark on a weight loss program is that they constantly feel hungry. Food is always on their mind and it takes a toll on their willpower.
One way to prevent this is to consume foods that are high in fiber and digest slowly. You will feel fuller for a longer period of time. Foods that are high in fiber are quickly digests and pass through the digestive track sooner. That means fewer calories are absorbed resulting in less tendency to gain weight.
Consume foods like oatmeal, oats, brown rice, whole grain bread and broccoli. Broccoli is so good for your body that you should make it a staple in your diet.
Last but not least, as beneficial as these foods are, they will only help you lose weight if you're on a caloric deficit and have a proper exercise regimen. The 2 key components to any fat loss is a caloric deficit while on a balanced diet and a good exercise program. Everything else is just gravy. The little things that will give your weight loss efforts the extra boost to speed things up a little. We all want fast results. These little tips will allow us to get there just that bit faster. It doesn't get any better.