Are you a food lover but also want to have a beach body? Do you often find yourself snacking on things when you shouldn’t and dreaming about a thin waist at the same time? Well, we have good news! It turns out there are some products that aren’t only healthy, nutritious and simply yummy, but some can even help you burn some extra calories while you’re sitting on the couch!
Here at LifeSoEasy we present a list of such magic foods:
Nuts and nut butters
Nuts have a great combination of healthy fiber, protein and fat that will keep you satisfied and energized for quite a long time. And even though some people are scared to eat them while dieting due to a lot of calories they contain, a quarter-cup of nuts or two tablespoons of any nut butter a day will only help your body to build lean muscle (you should get off your couch sometimes for that too, of course!) and lower your food cravings!
These little gifts from our feathery friends are another good source of healthy protein and fat which is already portioned for you. It’s really handy to know that an egg has approximately 70 calories. Eggs keep you energized and help to maintain muscle while burning fat. They also contain choline which maintains brain health and fights inflammations.
Milk has some animal protein as well as lots of calcium that helps you build strong bones. And don’t go for milk with 0 per cent fat! Scientists believe that 2 per cent or whole milk will satisfy you more and your body can absorb vitamin D and A better if there’s some fat in it.
Yogurt with tons of probiotics is great for maintaining a healthy intestine. It’s especially useful for those suffering from stress eating. Yogurt nourishes your gut and you will feel calmer and avoid overeating and stress eating. But like with milk, choose full-fat Greek yogurt or Skyr instead of low-fat yogurt.
Berries are also good friends if you’re dieting since they help to reduce cravings while nourishing and energizing your body. They are not very caloric but have lots of healthy fiber. It’s interesting to know that a cup of berries contains fewer calories and more grams of fiber than a whole banana! They also fill a lot of space on your plate satisfying you visually and tricking your brain into thinking that you ate more than you actually did. Moreover, colourful berries are full of antioxidants that support your immune system keeping inflammation in check.
Any cooking oil (except coconut oil) will fill you with about 14 grams of monounsaturated fats and help you stay away from compulsive overeating and snacking. However, olive oil is said to be the most beneficial of all and is recommended for all kinds of cooking except frying (unless you want your kitchen to be smoked up).
These little buddies are stuffed with unsaturated fats and tons of fiber to help your digestion and lower annoying cravings. Besides, they are a great source of potassium to fight water retention and bloating which is very useful while losing weight. Although they are quite caloric, one-third or even half of a medium avocado is perfectly fine and enough to enjoy a nice avocado toast!
Fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel etc.)
Salmon is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are great for efficient fat-burning and fighting inflammation. And great news is that in a serving of about 100 grams you will get 26 grams of protein and about 8 grams of fat at only 185 calories.
Since grapefruit is low in calories, you can allow yourself to eat the whole fruit at a time without being afraid to exceed your daily calorie intake. Moreover, it has a lot of fiber for your digestive system health and loads of antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C for the immune system. Don’t forget to eat the white meaty skin – it’s good for you too!
Contrary to some beliefs, you can’t just lose a lot of weight by sipping tea, but studies show that this elixir really helps to boost fat-burning. Go ahead and invite a friend or a relative to share some news while enjoying some nice hot green tea, just don’t forget that all the benefits will be gone once you add tons of sugar to the cup or top it with some dessert!
Although it won’t make you shad tons of weight, this hot friend will definitely boost your metabolic rate which is very useful for burning fat. Adding cayenne powder or whole chili peppers to your meal might decrease the chances of overeating and keep you satisfied and full for a long time.
Green leafy vegetables
Dark leafy greens contain a lot of iron so you won’t only be unlikely to overeat, but you will also be able to take the most out of your workout and build some nice lean muscle while burning fat.
Many people cut almost all carbs from their diet and that’s a big mistake because complex carbohydrates like oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat etc. are our body’s primary healthy fuel source and they help our metabolism. People who regularly include small portions of whole grains into their diet (especially for breakfast) are said to crave food less by staying well-fuelled.
Beans and legumes
Beans and legumes are filled with fiber facilitating efficient and healthier bowel movement. They are an amazing source of protein which boosts fat burning and muscle building while lowering cravings. These healthy foods can also prevent blood sugar spikes allowing slower and steadier energy burn.
Cardamom and cinnamon
Spices like cardamom and cinnamon add sweetness to your dish so you can avoid adding sugar to your food and still be satisfied with the taste. They are also known for lowering blood sugar levels, helping with insulin sensitivity and preventing belly fat accumulation.
Turkey and chicken
Lean meats like chicken and turkey are a great source of protein. They will help you feel full and satisfied and avoid emotional overeating and mindless snacking while building muscle and burning fat. Just don’t forget to keep your meat portions at 100 grams per servings.