It’s easy to get stuck thinking that eating for weight loss is all about reduction; common knowledge seems to state that simply eating less is the way to go. But that’s a bit misleading. You see, not all foods are the same when it comes to weight loss. In fact, a major part of the process actually involves eating more of the right foods that facilitate fat burning.
Let’s take a look at 6 such foods!
These hot peppers contain a compound called ‘Capsaicin’ that turns up the heat in your body making it easier to burn off excess calories and fires up your metabolism.
You can take advantage of this fat burning food by adding flaked pepper to sauces and soups.
If you are not a fan of spicy foods, you can still take advantage of Capsaicin through eating peppers with a compound called Dihydrocapsiate that will not set your mouth on fire.
By now, you probably know that coffee can help curb your appetite. But did you also know it can boost your metabolism? Since coffee contains the antioxidant chlorogenic acid (CGA), it can actually increase your body’s use of fat for energy. Research has additionally shown that CGA can slow the release of glucose and lower insulin resistance to inhibit weight gain after eating a meal.
White potatoes seem to have fallen out of favor for some reason.
However, they have several properties that make them a perfect food — both for weight loss and optimal health.
They contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients — a little bit of almost everything you need.
There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes alone for extended periods of time.
They’re particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that most people don’t get enough of and that plays an important role in blood pressure control.
On a scale called the Satiety Index, which measures how filling different foods are, white, boiled potatoes scored the highest of all the foods tested.
What this means is that by eating white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods.
If you allow potatoes to cool for a while after boiling, they will form high amounts of resistant starch, a fiber-like substance that has been shown to have various health benefits, including weight loss.
Sweet potatoes, turnips and other root vegetables are also excellent.
Tuna is another low-calorie, high-protein food. It is lean fish, so there isn’t much fat in it.
Tuna is popular among bodybuilders and fitness models who are on a cut because it’s a great way to keep protein high, with total calories and fat low.
If you’re trying to emphasize protein intake, then make sure to choose tuna canned in water, not oil.
Even though they’re relatively high in cholesterol, they don’t have a large impact on the blood cholesterol levels, nor heart issues. It’s no surprise that bodybuilders and professional athletes eat so many eggs on a daily basis. After all, they’re high in protein and healthy fats, while bringing only a small amount of calories to the table.
Coconut oil is having a moment right now: it can be used as a butter or olive oil substitute in everything from baked goods to salad dressing, and can even be used as an alternative to milk in lattes (yes, really). Sass is a fan of the heart-healthy oil whipped into smoothies, and you can also use it to sauté veggies, sear fish, or as an olive oil replacement in soups and stews. (It’s also a must-add to your beauty routine, and makes a wonderful natural moisturizer for skin and hair.)
Luckily, trendy coconut oil is also good for your waistline. Because it’s a satisfying source of healthy fats, coconut oil fills you up quickly and helps you consume fewer overall calories. It also contains medium-chain triglycerides, which are easily digestible and quickly converted into energy.