Manufacturers of diet products often claim that their pills and supplements can help the body to burn fat. This may be true in some cases, but there are plenty of naturally grown foods that can do the same thing. Foods that burn fat are often rich in antioxidants and nutrients, so they can be a healthier alternative than diet pills.
The amount of conflicting information about diets and losing weight means it’s difficult to know where to start. Nutritionists and health experts seem to change their minds every few months. New studies often contradict advice you may have followed for years. One of the best ways to avoid confusion is to introduce foods proven to have long term health benefits into your diet.
The following foods can help you to lose weight and stay in good health.
1) Green tea
Western countries have only recognized the health benefits of green tea in recent years, but it’s been popular in countries like China for centuries. Recent studies suggest that drinking green tea stimulates the body to burn abdominal fat. As well the benefits related to weight loss, green tea can help reduce the risk of cancer and improve brain function.
It may not be your favorite vegetable, but eating broccoli three or four times a week is an easy way to improve your health. Nutrients in broccoli help to absorb chemicals and toxins in the body and boost metabolism. The high fiber content means you feel full fast, and this can help to reduce overeating. Broccoli is also now believed to burn belly fat. Introducing broccoli into your diet could save you having to spend hours every month performing sit ups and crunches.
Most nutritionists agree that increasing protein levels in your diet can help weight loss. As well as supporting muscle development, protein makes you feel full for longer and reduces the temptation to eat snacks between meals. Eggs are a great source of protein. They are high in vitamin D and low in calories. Eggs are quick and convenient to cook at any time of the day, and they are far cheaper than meat, fish and other protein sources.
Avocados are one of the so called ‘superfoods.’ In spite of a high fat content, they are recommended for anyone trying to lose weight. One of the great things about avocados is that you can use them in recipes and salads. They are rich in vitamins, protein and fiber, and the fat content is what nutritionists call ‘good fat.’ Recent studies suggest that people who regularly eat avocados have a lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference than average.
The popularity of spices in Eastern cultures isn’t just for the benefit of taste. Spices like turmeric are used in treatment of a range of medical conditions due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Cinnamon can be used to regulate blood sugar levels, and this means it can help to control appetite. As well as being used as an ingredient in a variety of recipes, cinnamon can be used to add flavor to drinks