Top 20 Fat Loss Foods: Part 1By
Whether slimming down for summer or avoiding winter weight gain, CNK has 20 Fat Loss Foods to keep you feeling firm all year long. Say good-bye to fad diets, weight loss drugs and quick-fix injections. There’s no need to torture or deprive yourself to achieve a fabulous physique. Learn how to include these figure-friendly foods into your daily diet to minimize your waistline, while maximizing your overall health. Each food has been carefully chosen to prevent insulin spikes, increase metabolism, curb cravings and support permanent weight loss.
Although these foods help reduce body fat, it’s still important to follow a healthy nutrition program. Steer clear of foods that inhibit fat loss, such as: sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, processed products and alcoholic beverages. Starchy vegetables like potatoes and grains should be enjoyed in extreme moderation until your desired body composition is achieved. For even faster results, healthy lifestyle practices should also be implemented, such as getting plenty of sleep, keeping stress levels low and including safe exercise.
Rich in fiber and unsaturated fat, Almonds help lower insulin levels, reduce cravings and provide high satiation. Snack on a spoonful of almond butter with celery or add a handful of raw almonds to a salad.
2. Apple cider vinegar
High in acetic acid, ACV lowers a food’s glycemic load, improves digestion, prevents overeating and increases satiety. Enjoy 2 TB of raw, unfiltered AVC in 2 TB of water before meals. ACV is also great added to sautéed cabbage.
Packed with a one-two punch of monounsaturated fat (especially oleic acid) and fiber to boost metabolism and support overall health, avocados are a superfood you definitely want to include. Enjoy avocados sprinkled with sea salt, made into guacamole or added to omelets, salads, dressings, salsas, or smoothies.
Loaded with polyphenols that support fat loss and fiber that helps prevent spikes in insulin, blueberries are excellent enjoyed as a snack with roasted nuts, added to salads for sweetness or with creme fraiche for a healthier dessert.
5. Cabbage family vegetables
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies are great nutrient-dense, low-carb, high-fiber foods to include daily. Enjoy cooked, as raw cabbage family veg can inhibit your thyroid and decrease metabolism.
6. Chili peppers
All chili peppers contain capsaicin, a spicy, thermogenic or heat-inducing compound that increases metabolism. The hotter the pepper, the higher capsaicin content and the greater the health benefits. For a pre-meal metabolism kicker, drink 1/4 cup of water, with 2 TB lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne powder.
With huge blood sugar lowering benefits, cinnamon can reduce the glycemic index of a meal up to 29%! Add 1/4 TSP up to 1 TB daily to beverages, roasted nuts, steamed carrots, etc. For maximum benefits, select fresh Saigon (top choice), Cassia or Ceylon sticks and grind yourself or buy freshly ground.
8. Citrus fruits
Lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges are high in vitamin-C, bioflavonoids and phytochemicals that support immunity, improve digestion, increase fat burning, decrease insulin levels and support overall health. Enjoy citrus juiced in water, sliced on the side or drizzled on food at the beginning of each meal.
9. Cocoa powder
Raw, organic, unsweetened cocoa powder is packed full of antioxidant-rich phytonutrients such as polyphenols and flavonoids (especially catechin and epicatchin). For a quick and easy hot coca, enjoy a spoonful of cocoa mixed in hot water or coconut milk with Stevia and a pinch of sea salt.