For some people dieting can be difficult. For working parents it is often a situation of not enough time in the day to fit everything including food preparation. So you are constantly looking for little ways to make inroads to your fitness and health program. Small adjustments to your diet can make for bigger gains when done consistently.
Today we are looking at foods that you can eat to help with your diet!
Certain foods can actually help make the fat burning process more efficient. Basically our bodies can be looked at like a type of machine. Often I compare the body to a car in the essence of it having a variety of systems, moving parts, and the need for proper fuels to run at peak efficiency. Those various types of food or fuel can change how the entire system runs in some cases. Some of these things will help you slim down which is a pretty cool aspect to have happen from just eating!
Great Slimming Down Foods
Pineapple – Raw pineapple has a lot of vitamin C in it. Ideally it can be a great addition to breakfast. Vitamin C is an important part of the overall fat burning process so ingesting a lot first thing in the day is beneficial. Also pineapple is one of those great “negative calorie foods” that actually takes more calories to eat and digest than they provide in energy output. Lastly pineapple has a lot of water which has a side effect of keeping you fuller for a longer period.
Grapefruit – This is a similar fruit to pineapple as it contains a lot of water to help keep you full in the morning (which cuts down on early day snacking). But eating it or drinking the raw grapefruit juice can also provide you with a ton of fiber. Along with scrubbing out your insides as it passes through, fiber takes longer to digest which reduces food cravings. Plus grapefruit has a side effect of lowering down insulin levels in the body. Lower insulin levels means less sugar urges from the body to the brain.
Green Tea – There has been plenty said about green tea and it truly makes a great replacement for coffee. Along with it being chock full of anti-oxidants, there is also EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is a chemical that helps increase the body’s metabolism when combined with small amounts of caffeine. As the tea has that caffeine you are drinking a great metabolism booster! The only downside is that you need to drink it regularly (5 cups or so during the day) which can then burn anywhere from 60 to 100 calories.
Cinnamon – This spice serves double duty if you use it as a sugar replacement. First it can help lower your body’s blood sugar levels by metabolizing existing sugars more efficiently when eaten with food. Secondly if you use it instead of straight sugar then you are reducing the intake of something (sugar) that does nothing but harm to your diet aspirations.
Low Far Dairy Products – Things such as cottage cheese and yogurt in the low fat variety are high in protein and rich with calcium. Calcium acts as an inhibitor to the body making calcitriol. Calcitriol is a hormone that tells your body to make more fat.
Raspberries – These are the ultimate snack food. Each cup has 8 grams of fiber which will keep you full. Plus when they are dried and mixed with nuts they are delicious!