Everybody wants to burn fat fast. That’s usually the plan when it comes to weight loss, and a healthy diet filled with whole, natural fruits, veggies and protein provides all the important nutrients your body needs to burn fat. But there are always a few foods you can eat more of to accelerate weight loss. Here are a few foods, that you probably already eat to help speed the weight loss process. Here’s a quick breakdown of which foods offer the best results and why.
Calcium: Already an essential nutrient for strong bones and healthy teeth, this mineral works with Vitamin D to help you lose weight. Since calcium is stored within fat cells, researchers believe that the amount of calcium in each fat cell may enhance weight loss. Calcium also binds to fat in the gastrointestinal tract to help prevent fat from being absorbed into your body. Get more calcium in your diet by eating low-fat dairy products such as yogurt, soy milk (or other milk). Other calcium rich foods include, dark leafy greens like spinach and collard greens.(1)
Vitamin D: Involved in calcium absorption, vitamin d is essential to healthy skin, and a healthy body. This essential nutrient is used in the body for proper cellular growth, immune function and more. A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that overweight people were more successful in their weight loss when Vitamin D levels were increased. Just another reason to put on a wide-brimmed hat and get some summer sun, for your daily dose of vitamin D. Get more vitamin d in your diet by eating fish, (tuna, salmon, mackerel), fish liver oil, cheese and eggs.(2)
Protein: High-protein diets help keep hunger at bay, and support lean body composition. The amount of muscle you have also directly affects how much fat you burn all day long. Bodies with more muscle than fat burn more calories. Protein also helps preserve muscle mass while you lose weight. A recent study at the University of Illinois reported that women who consumed twice as much protein daily lost 3.9 percent more weight than women who consumed less. Get stronger, and lose more weight with additional protein in your diet. Get more by eating lean meats like chicken and fish, give Quinoa a try and don’t forget the tofu!
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These “good” fats do much more than provide a healthy source of fats for your diet. Omega 3’s are referred to as essential fats because the body cannot produce them, and they must be taken in through diet. The omega fats have been shown in clinical studies to help improve mental functions including mood, and memory. Not only that, omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to trigger fat-burning within cells and may even improve signaling in the brain to help reduce your appetite. Get more omega fats into your diet by eating fish, eggs, and oils such as flaxseed oil, and coconut oil.
Fiber: Since fiber passes through your digestive tract undigested, it not only helps you feel fuller, longer but it also helps keep your gastrointestinal system functioning properly. Removal of toxins from the body is an important part of weight loss, and your health. Increase fiber in your diet by eating fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, and whole grains. The road to weight loss is paved with lots of water and a high-fiber diet.