Do your love handles have more to hold onto lately? Are you tired of carrying that spare tire and sucking it in to zip your pants? If so, you can slim down simply by adding a few things to your diet plan. There are certain foods that can increase your body’s fat burning ability, boosting your liver’s fat metabolizing function.
Spices and Herbs
If you have excess sugar in the blood, your body will store it as fat. Add cinnamon, up to one teaspoon a day sprinkled on food, and you can metabolize sugar much better and avoid insulin spikes in the process. The side benefit of cinnamon is that it can help lower the LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels in your blood.
Turmeric, the spice that gives mustard its yellow color, has a high level of the antioxidant beta carotene. This antioxidant protects your liver from harmful free radicals and also helps your body break down fats which means you store less in the body.
Cayenne pepper reduces the risk of your body producing excess insulin which leads to fat storage. Basically, cayenne speeds up metabolism and lowers blood sugar levels.
Fruits and Vegetables
Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons have compounds called flavones which burn fat efficiently. Pulpy orange juice, orange slices and freshly squeezed lemon juice on food and in drink all can help you lower fat stores in the body. Berries (and citrus) are loaded with vitamin C, nature’s ultimate antioxidant. Combining moderate exercise with vitamin C can help you burn up to 40% more fat.
Garlic and onions belong to the same family of root vegetables and contain phytochemicals that essentially break down the deposits of fat in your body as well as cholesterol. The side benefit of garlic and onions is that they also boost immunity and protect against heart disease. Tomatoes also contain phytochemicals like lycopene which kickstart the production of carnitine, an amino acid that can speed up your body’s metabolism by up to 33%.
Meat, Dairy, Nuts and Whole Grains
Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate which takes time to digest so it makes you feel full and prevents you from overeating, especially fatty or sugary foods that can pack on the fat. Beans are full of fiber and work in much the same way as oatmeal; plus, they stabilize your blood sugar.
Almonds can speed up your body’s metabolism of fats thanks to alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed attaches to oil-based toxins in the body that are located in the fatty tissues and helps flush them out. Calcium rich foods like cottage cheese and Swiss cheese are low in fat and have the ability to lower the enzymes that produce fat.
Tweaking your diet to include one or more of these foods can help you burn fat and lose weight. Add moderate exercise and reduce saturated and trans fats at the same time and you have a winning fat burning combination.