- With fat loss supplement sales soaring there are foods that we can incorporate daily to help us achieve our weight loss goals a little faster. Even though these won’t strip off belly fat quickly, every little metabolic advantage we can get to see that dream body we are all striving for isn’t so bad!
- Green, oolong, chai teas
Tea offers a variety of health benefits, but one it has been continuously researched for is fat loss effects. Its antioxidants EGCG have shown to increase fat usage when consumed daily. Aim for 200-400mg daily. This can be consumed through 6 cups of tea warm or cold with a little freshly squeezed lemon and stevia or supplementation. Make sure it is organic as it may have less flouride, than it’s non organic varieties.
- Cayenne peppers, black pepper
These fiery goodies, help spice up food, but also contain capsaicin and piperine which have shown to promote lipid oxidation as well as reduce hunger and food intake. Douse your food with hot sauce, don’t worry the burning sensation reduces with consumption over time. Side benefit is it is one of the best spices for your circulatory system!
Not just used to reduce nausea and improve digestion, gingerols have shown to support healthy blood sugar levels, and increase lipid oxidation slightly, great to add to green smoothies raw or use in stir-fry.
Not just for scaring away vampires, nor is it something you want to consume in large quantities in hopes of burning some body fat before a hot date. Garlic has shown to increase thermogenesis, in addition garlic has been linked to lower blood sugar levels. One of garlic’s components allicin has shown to be heart healthy in numerous studies. Aim for 2 cloves a day away from public appearances.
Japanese researchers reporting in the May 2005 issue of “Nutrition” tested the ability of cocoa to interfere with the ability of the body to metabolize dietary fat into fatty tissue. They fed two groups of rats a high-fat diet and supplemented cocoa in one group and an artificial cocoa in the other. After three weeks, the body and fatty tissue weights were significantly lower in the rats fed the real cocoa. Theobromine one of the active compounds increases mental acuity and thermogenesis.
Nootkatone a component found in grapefruit has been shown to significantly increase fat-burning (AMPK) activity. Nootkatone also increases calorie burn and reduces stomach fat accumulation in rats as well quercetin another compound was shown to extend the thermogenic effect of caffeine. Consider grapefruit as vitamin C- rich snack, add grapefruit slices to a spinach salad or have half a grapefruit with a side of organic eggs.
- Organic apple cider vinegar
A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss. There are several reasons ACV promotes fat loss but one of those reasons include that ACV reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification. Another study found that supplementing with the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar reduced body fat in mice by 10%.
A research study published in Diabetes Care found that cinnamon could be used to reduce the glycemic index of your meal by 18-29% while also reducing triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. They also found that those who added cinnamon to their diets could reduce the risk associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Aim for 2-3 teaspoons daily.
- Wild salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring
Omega 3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) lower your insulin levels and any extra calories you eat are burned off for energy, instead of being stored for later use (as body fat)
All omega 3 sources are anti-lipogenic (they block fat storage in your body) and increase your metabolic rate, so you burn body fat faster
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.