When people decide to take control of their diet and lifestyle, they think they have to overhaul their whole lifestyle in one big swoop. They try to make major changes overnight and then wonder why they fail when they can’t sustain it. Now what’s that saying – a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. (Ok ok I’m not trying to become a philosopher here but I thought it was quite apt to use it just then 🙂 ) Anyway as I was saying, it’s exactly in this way that you have to view your eating habits and exercise when taking the path to a healthier more energised you. I did exactly that (after of course trying to fast track to a slimmer me just like everyone else) and made small changes to my lifestyle which I then adapted as I went along. So, hold your horses and before you start to make any major changes and run to the local supermarket to load you trolley with good wholesome food, take a peep into your kitchen cupboard and you could quite possibly find foods that kick-start burning fat this very moment. Try incorporating these foods into your healthy plan and you’re miles ahead already!
Beans provide the perfect marriage of fiber and protein, plus a type of fat-fighting starch called resistant starch. This satisfy your hunger for relatively fewer calories and studies have shown fans of this stuff weigh less and have slimmer waistlines. Add some to your salad.
This spice may prevent the post-meal insulin spike that can trigger your body to store fat rather than burn it. Plus, cinnamon brings out the natural sweetness in foods without adding calories. Most herbs and spices will help you shed the pounds if used instead of oil and salt. I add some bark to my indian tea when brewing for a tastier cuppa.
It’s a well known fact that people who eat eggs for breakfast lose more weight than those who pick a high-carb meal with the same number of calories. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that having a big breakfast helps you control your calorie intake all day long. Easy on the oil mind you when cooking them.
Most people go nuts about nuts because they think they are bad foods. But before you write them off completely, all nuts including nut butters like peanut butter, are packed full of fibre, protein and healthy fat to keep your tum tum feeling fuller for longer. Pistachios supply extra fat-fighting power because you have to shell them before you eat them so your brain has time to recognise you’re full and you stick with a smaller serving. Personally I get tired of shelling so that helps too! 🙂
Four ounces supplies a third of your protein needs for a mere 120 calories. In one study, women who got 30 percent of their calories from protein had more muscle, which boosts . metabolism. (the rate at which you burn calories) Don’t like shrimp? No problem Try tofu, yogurt, chicken, and fish.
WHOLE WHEAT PASTA
It’s ok you read it right. You can eat pasta and lose weight! Whole-wheat varieties (and other whole grains, like quinoa and barley) take longer to digest than products made from refined flour, so they raise blood sugar more slowly. This can prevent excess fat storage, especially around your belly.
These contain the amino acid glutamate, which gives them a hearty, meaty taste referred to as umami. Umami foods (others include Parmesan, sweet potatoes, and olives) add a lot of flavor to foods, which helps up the satisfaction factor of smaller portions.
So there you have. Start making these small changes to your diet and you’re already on your way to becoming a fat buster!