When our body is bogged down with chemicals and toxins the body loses is natural detoxification power to help us with fat loss even when exercising and eating what we 'think' is healthy. So what are the foods that better help us shed those unwanted fat stores?
Try these foods that have recently been found to have a substantial impact on burning fat, instead of storing as unwanted Fat.
Our ancestors learned quickly what foods delivered energy and stamina. The chia plant is an annual herb that was first discovered by 16th century Aztecs and is a member of the mint family. Southern Mexico and Guatemala are popular areas for finding this native flowering plant. While the Aztecs had little knowledge of vitamins and nutrients, they noticed a dramatic fat loss and also felt more vibrant after chewing on chia seeds. Today we know that chia seeds is a super food that is packed with Omega-3, Omega-6, and calcium. In addition, consuming raw chia seeds can produce a full feeling, causing you to eat less and the high fiber content is key for a fat loss program. You can add chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal or yoghurt and they actually taste delicious! It's a must for the pantry
China is home to the goji berry that grows on evergreen bushes in subtropical regions. Used for medicinal purposes for centuries, this fruit is a natural super food. Fat loss, improved circulation, help for eyesight, and better hair and nails are a few of the benefits of goji berries. Bland foods that need flavoring can always gain popularity with chopped, dried goji berries. Juicing or adding dried goji berries to your favorite trail mix are other ways to use this delightful, antioxidant rich fruit.
Who would ever think that enjoying the burst of flavor from chilies could actually be aiding in fat loss? Foods that contain capsaicin, such as chilies and peppers, provide thermogenics that increase fat loss by stimulating your metabolism. Whether chilies are consumed raw, powdered, or in sauces, never think that you are adding to your calorie intake. These foods will actually aid in shrinking fat tissue. So pour on the hot sauce and enjoy the sensation.
Fresh fish has always been known to have a huge supply of Omega-3 fatty acid and protein. However, few people think of enjoying a dish of sardines to decrease triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and slow the accumulation of plaque in arteries. Besides the overall health benefits, sardines can aid in fat loss by supplementing your body with necessary natural protein. Grilled or poached in your favorite marinade, sardines make a delicious snack or a main meal on a bed of lettuce and a side cup of soup.
The avocado tree started in Mexico and central America.
Avocados' contain phytosterol like beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol and they help to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be caused from high oxidative stress in the body caused by foods. Many people don't know that they have inflammation in their body until they eliminate all the refined seed oils from their diet and see weight loss almost instantly.
Asparagus contains the plant chemical asparagine that directly affect cells and breaks down fat. It also contains another chemical that helps remove waste from the body.
These are just a few of the different types of foods that can aid in the fat loss process. Knowing where to start with the right foods, can help you prepare menus to stay healthy and never worry about storing extra fat. Keep a list of fat burning foods and select from these for a leaner and better balanced body.
They key to long term Weight loss is by eating the right foods to balance out the hormones and detoxify the liver which is our largest detoxifying organ. All meals consumed should be an equal balance of omega 3, 6, and 9's to support the neuromuscular system which regulates the hormones.
The journey for fat loss doesn't stop there......
In todays society everyone is weight conscious and with the easily available processed foods it is so hard to make a decision on what are the right foods to eat. There is a misconception of high fat foods cause us to gain weight and increase cholesterol.
However if you look at how and when we started to get 'fatter' it has all come about when health specialists were concerned about the fat content in our diet. Food companies then decided to create products that are so called fat free or 97 per cent fat free. In doing so they replaced fat with artificial sugar and other preservatives to keep the taste of the food somewhat the same. We now have more cholesterol and weight problems than ever before.
Healthy fats suppress the appetite, balance hormones and have a lower insulin sensitivity then carbohydrates. Insulin is a fat store hormone and should be monitored those looking to increase fat loss.
Try my favourite fat burning meal for breakfast. It contains the correct balance of proteins and fats.
The Breakfast bowl
- 6 pastured eggs, scrambled
- 4 slices of nitrite-free bacon, cooked
- 3-cup spinach, chopped
- 1 bunch asparagus, bottom of steam removed and chopped into pieces.
- 1 small avocado, skin removed and interior cubed into pieces
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a skillet to medium heat to scramble your eggs. Bake bacon for 12-15 minutes or until if reaches desired crispiness.
- Once eggs are scrambled, in a skillet over medium-high heat add 1 to 2 teaspoons of bacon grease from cooking bacon slices. Then add chopped spinach and asparagus pieces and saut until spinach is wilted down and asparagus is tender. About 3 to 5 minutes.
- To assemble breakfast bowl: add scrambled eggs, spinach/asparagus saut, bacon (crumbled if you like), and avocado dices to a bowl and enjoy!