Watching your diet and only consuming foods that offer high amounts of nutrients is the fastest way to weight loss, and a healthy lifestyle. However, Americans still are trying to slim down, and shed pounds fast. So, here are the top five fat-blasting foods you can add to your diet to get real weight loss results. Add these to your grocery list and check out the Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker Cookbook to get tons of recipes that can help you stay on the path to weight loss success.
Green Tea – This beverage is perfect for an early morning drink. Green tea contains antioxidants that can help protect your body from free radical damage, and acts as a metabolic booster that simulates fat burning. What a great way to start your day! Just try to limit your consumption to one or two cups daily to avoid jitters, and a caffeine addiction. Studies have shown that the caffeine contained in tea acts as a stimulant to help you burn up to 10 percent more calories than normal. Green tea also contains catechins, (antioxidants that speed up metabolism, and fat burning).
Grapefruit – Make grapefruit a regular part of your daily diet, to reap a variety of health benefits including lower cholesterol and improved fat burning potential. Grapefruit and other fruits like apples, contain a dietary fiber called pectin, a special fiber linked to the lowering of body fat and cholesterol. An average grapefruit has less than 75 calories, and contains about 15 grams of pectin, along with high amounts of vitamin C, and potassium. Plus it’s fat free, and has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. A recent study of 91 obese people conducted at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found that eating half a grapefruit before each meal or drinking a serving of the juice three times a day helped people drop more than three pounds over 12 weeks.(1)
Spinach – One of the most nutrient-dense foods available, spinach contains twice the amount of iron and fiber as most other leafy green vegetables and contains the following vitamins: Vitamin K, C, B1, B2, B6, E and Folic Acid, along with flavonoid antioxidants and essential minerals. A cup of spinach contains less than 50 calories and when added to other foods it can help you slim down fast. A gentle diuretic, this leafy veggie assists your body in shedding excess water and helps keep you satiated. Try adding spinach to eggs, meat loaf, turkey burgers or any of your other favorite Skinny Ms. Recipes, to reduce calorie consumption, add essential nutrients and help you slim down.
Sweet Potatoes – Turn your body into a fat-burning furnace with the sweet taste of this brightly colored veggie. They’re packed with essential nutrients, dietary fiber and antioxidants plus they are versatile. Toss them into stews, make them into fries or just stem them to make a sweet potato mash, they’re always delicious. What’s even better is that they are a factor in burning fat! The vitamin content of sweet potatoes includes energy-producing B vitamins (the vitamins that convert food into energy) and other fat-blasting nutrients like dietary fiber, and protein. Have a sweet potato before a run or workout to fuel your body with energy boosting complex carbohydrates. Try this recipe for Glazed Sweet Potatoes, courtesy of Skinny Ms..
Vinegar – Not only does vinegar help reduce appetite and hunger, it also adds a tart and robust flavor to salads, dips and dressings. In a Swedish study, researchers found that people who ate bread dipped in vinegar felt fuller than those who had their slices plain. The reason vinegar is so helpful with hunger, is because it contains acetic acid that helps slow the passage of food from your stomach into your intestines and the result is a fuller feeling, longer. Vinegar also helps stabilize blood-sugar levels after meals containing high amounts of refined carbohydrates like white bread, and sweets.
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