We help people in Massachusetts lose body fat by creating personalized science-based menus. A program of regular exercise is also important, but a healthy diet is even more important. Changing what you eat can help you lose weight, while you improve your health. The basic premise of weight loss is calories in compared to calories out, but it’s not all that easy. You need a diet that also contains all the nutrients you require. Some foods also boost your metabolism, so they increase the number of calories you burn even when you’re asleep.
Some foods are thermogenic.
Thermogenic foods take a lot of calories to digest, which lowers the actual net calories that you consume. Foods high in protein fall into that category. You burn about one-third of all the calories from protein to digest it. Foods high in protein also fill you up faster and make you feel full longer. The amino acid L-arginine boosts metabolism. It increases HGH which helps burn fat, increases energy so you burn even more calories, and burns belly fat.
Have a banana and lose a pound.
Eating one banana won’t make you lose a pound, but eating foods rich in potassium, like bananas, will help you lose weight. Potassium has many functions in the body. It can help people with heart problems, acts as a natural diuretic, and aids in muscle recovery to improve your workout. A banana isn’t the only food that is high in potassium. Leafy greens and avocados are two others that contain potassium, plus have other weight loss nutrients and benefits.
Healthy fat can help you burn fat.
When you think of fat, you might think of marbling in steak or greasy, fatty fries, but there are other options. Food can contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats. They help prevent insulin spikes that can pack on pounds. Sardines, kale, salmon, grass-fed beef, and walnuts all contain omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut oil has saturated fat lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride—MCT. Using coconut oil can boost your energy and help you lose belly fat.
- Eat food containing magnesium, such as cashews, almonds, and spinach. Magnesium helps muscle contractions when you exercise and lowers fasting glucose and insulin levels. It keeps your fat-burning furnace burning at peak performance.
- Drinking more water can help you lose weight in several ways. Drinking it before a meal can fill you up so you eat less. It can prevent dehydration that slows metabolism. If you drink it ice cold, you’ll burn extra calories to warm your body.
- Food high in B vitamins, which includes choline, helps prevent fat storage by blocking the gene that causes fat storage. Those foods also make you feel fuller. Beans, eggs, lean meat, and milk are high in B vitamins. Bananas also fit in this category.
- Potatoes and peas can help you lose weight. Both contain resistant starch, which increases after you cook and cool them. Store them in the fridge after cooling and make a potato/pea salad the next day for fat-burning benefits.
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