By Dr. Cory Couillard
Weight loss can be achieved multiple different ways but the easiest method is to change and modify your diet. One can lose weight with exercise or starvation techniques but one cannot be truly healthy without fueling your body properly.
You can stop worrying about your waistline when you add these seven amazing fat burning foods to your daily diet. These foods in conjunction with an overall healthy diet and exercise programm will yield the greatest results. A healthy diet will also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Fat Burning Food #1: Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper or capsicum has been used medicinally for centuries. This spicy pepper helps the body to induce thermogenesis or production of heat. Studies show that cayenne pepper also aids in the increase of lipid oxidation. Lipid oxidation is when fat is burned for energy – a highly desirable action for weight loss. Cayenne peppers have also been linked to decreased appetite and retarding or slowing growth of fat cells.
Fat Burning Food #2: Cinnamon
This spice was once more valuable than gold and the medicinal uses for cinnamon date back to the days of the Egyptians. Cinnamon was found to lower blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are closely associated with weight gain and obesity. Add this spice to your coffee, tea, and sweet snacks for added flavor and a fat burning boost.
Fat Burning Food #3: Ginger
Ginger is a known metabolic activator and has been thought to increase metabolism by as much as twenty percent. Some people swear by ginger’s appetite suppressing ability. Although there is no scientific data on ginger and weight loss specifically, adding this to your daily diet is a powerful way to help your metabolism. Ginger can also help improve digestion and even soothe an upset stomach.
Fat Burning Food #4: Citrus Fruits
Most people know that citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. New research on vitamin C reveals that high amounts in the blood stream can lower body fat. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that the higher the levels of vitamin C found in adult blood samples, the smaller the waistline of the adult. Vitamin C oxidizes body fat or burns fat.
Fat Burning Food #5: Berries and Apples
Berries and apples are not only loaded with great nutrients they also come perfectly packaged with pectin. Pectin is a water-soluble complex carbohydrate. When you eat fresh fruits or veggies with pectin the cells absorb it instead of the fat.
Fat Burning Food #6: Wild Salmon
Essential fatty acids or EFAs are a key nutrient to keep the body balanced, healthy and slim. Wild salmon is one of the best sources of EFAs. They work to help fight obesity in a number of ways. One way is that Omega-3 fatty acids found in wild salmon work to decrease the body’s insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a strong factor in weight gain and diabetes.
Fat Burning Food #7: Garlic
Garlic has been linked to lower blood sugar levels and acts as a fat burning enhancer. Garlic contains allicin which is known to reduce unhealthy fats in the body.
Many of these nutrients need to be added to other healthy foods that promote weight loss. The consumption of highly processed foods that are in a can or a bag will cause weight gain and produce disease. Eliminate fake foods, add these seven fat burning foods and implement an exercise program.
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