If you have ever gone on a “crazy diet” you know how the pounds that you shed come right back as soon as you stop dieting. Starvation diets are no way to lose weight, the weight loss is temporary at best and because the diet is difficult to sustain long-term, you end up binge eating and put back all the pounds that you lost.
Only a diet that you can maintain on a long term basis will help you lose weight and keep it away for good. Eating the right food will not only give you a feeling of satisfaction but it will also help you burn more fat. Yes, that’s right. Certain types of food can actually help you burn more fat.
MUFA (Mono Unsaturated fatty Acids) is a healthy form of fat that promotes fat burning, especially the belly fat. Fat burning foods contain MUFA; consuming these in every meal provides an extra boost when it comes to losing fat from the body.
Trick your body into burning fat by eating these super foods:
1) Peanut Butter
Nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and pine nuts contain plenty of MUFA. Raw peanut butter, though high caloric, is healthy food. When consumed in moderation, it actually helps burn fat and improves the cholesterol profile by lowering the LDL which is bad cholesterol. Processed peanut butter may have added trans-fatty acids, which are not that great for losing fat. Opt for less refined or natural peanut butter to add that extra zing to your meal.
2) Dark Chocolate
Yes, you read it right. Chocolate lovers can eat chocolate without feeling guilty or worrying about its effect on the waistline. Indulge yourself with a few squares of dark chocolate to satisfy your craving and to sharpen your diet. Dark chocolate has plenty of anti oxidants and also lecithin, caffeine and theobromine, which are natural stimulants that help burn fat. Lecithin helps mobilize stubborn fat which will help you lose weight naturally and without starving yourself. Dark chocolate also contains MUFA in the form of oleic acid. You get the best results from 78% or higher levels of cocoa in your chocolate.
3) Green Tea
The benefits of Green Tea have been proven time and again. Green Tea is mentioned even in the International Journal of Obesity. The journal points out that Green Tea contains polyphenols that stimulates the body to burn fat. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that it also boosts your metabolism. Green Tea also mildly suppresses appetite so you eat less. Since Green Tea is also a diuretic, it helps lose excess water from your body which makes you look bloated. Green Tea is known to reduce fat especially in the belly area.
Many spices help burn fat is Cinnamon tops the list. Adding just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon to your food will help metabolize sugars more effectively. Excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage, so cinnamon helps reduce the body’s tendency to store fat. With the combination of a metabolism boost and balanced blood sugar levels, cinnamon can lead to some incredible fat burning. Add cinnamon to you oatmeal to add flavor and lose weight.
5) Chilli Peppers
Capsaicin which is present in chilli peppers is a great anti oxidant, blood sugar stabilizer and calorie burner. Hot chilli peppers can add spice to your life, satisfy your appetite and kick your metabolism into high gear. Chilli peppers burn off fat through chemical combustion rather than storing it in the body.