Written by: Jenna Barrington
Is it true that certain foods can actually help to speed your metabolism and target fat? Absolutely!
When you are focusing on weight loss, you are most likely focusing on calorie intake – usually trying to consume less calories than you burn.
When you are focused on FAT LOSS however, you are focusing on hormones. You don’t necessarily have to eat LESS food in order to lose fat, you just have to eat right.
For example, the wrong kinds of foods will negatively affect your stress hormones, causing increased hunger and more weight gain. These include stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, most processed snack foods and synthetic/artificial sweeteners.
The right foods will trigger good hormones that will help you to feel full and satiated. Certain foods may even trigger hormones that help to speed the metabolism and target fat loss.
Here are 7 of the TOP, FAT-FIGHTING, happy hormone-releasing superfoods that you should include in your regular diet.
In a study done at a university in Brazil, researchers measured the effect of fruit intake on weight loss. Overweight women were given either apples, pears, or oat cookies three times a day. After 12 weeks, the women who ate the fruit daily had significant weight loss results when compared to the group eating oat cookies. Those eating the fruit also had better insulin/glucose levels.
#2 Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate has been shown to promote satiety, soothe the sweet tooth, reduce cravings and boost weight loss potential. Not only that, but dark chocolate can also reduce stress, boost brain health and increase libido!
When choosing chocolate, always go for at least 70% cacao.
Studies have found that eating eggs for breakfast may help to reduce appetite later in the day. Women who ate eggs instead of bagels or cereal reported feeling fuller after breakfast and staying that way for several hours after their meal. This is due in part to an egg’s high protein and nutrient content. Eggs contain 9 essential amino acids, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B12, choline, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin E, vitamin D and pantothenic acid.
Whenever possible, choose organic free-range eggs as these have been shown to have the highest nutritional content.
#4 Green Tea
A study done by a university in the Netherlands found that the catechins in green tea have a positive effect on weight loss and weight management. Green tea has long been used to help boost metabolism and weight loss. For best results, regular intake is recommended.
#5 Wild-Caught Salmon
Salmon and other fish contain important omega-3 fatty acids, which are a vital anti-inflammatory for the human body. Most people have an imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can cause numerous health issues, including obesity.
A university in Iceland found that overweight men who included lean or fatty fish or fish oil in their diets lost more weight than those who didn’t.
#6 Sesame Seeds
This one is a less well known! Sesame seeds contain little chemicals called lignans that have been shown to help your body burn more fat. They help to promote the release of fat-burning enzymes from the liver. Sesame seeds also contain protein, which helps keep your body feeling full and reduces cravings.
#7 Yellow Bell Peppers
Yellow bell peppers are packed with vitamin C! Just one pepper contains 341 milligrams of vitamin C, which is triple the recommended need. Studies have shown that daily consumption of vitamin C is linked to more successful weight loss. It is also important for maintaining healthy energy levels, strengthening the immune system and boosting metabolism.
Achieving your weight loss goals might not be as hard as you think! Often it is more about making a few specific tweaks in your diet, turning to real foods and understanding what you are putting in your mouth.
The more I study and write about losing weight and regaining amazing health, the more I realize that the answers are NOT complicated!
Whole, real foods that are straight from Mother Earth are PACKED with incredible medicinal, healing properties for your body. They also contain just the right amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need to function at optimum level. Trust your body. Trust Mother Nature. Turn to whole foods.