Maintaining a healthy body mass is an idea with which just about everyone can relate. After many decades of promoting of popular crash diets that do not work and unrealistic or unhealthy body ideals, it seems our society is finally returning to its senses. Using food to increase your fat-burning power while building and keeping lean muscle, improving every aspect of your life, and promoting a deep sense of well-being has become a central focus for many weight loss programs. Here are four foods that you can put to work for you. The benefits of these fat burning, metabolism boosting foods is that they are common, relatively inexpensive, and easy to incorporate into your existing pattern of life.
1. Beans and Legumes
These little powerhouses tend to get a bad reputation. However, they contain enormous amounts of high-quality plant proteins and phytonutrients that act in a number of ways. They regulate blood glucose, triglycerides or fat in your blood, and mitigate cardiovascular disease factors.
Their high fibre content aides in digestion, and also acts to help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Medical science asserts that such foods with a low glycemic index (GI) as part of an overall diet effectively boost your body’s metabolism and reduce the likelihood of storing unused energy as fat.
2. Dark Leafy Greens
These are a part of supporting your immune health in order to make your body more effective at fat burning. Dark green vegetables and leafy greens carry a hefty load of antioxidants that improve your ability to flush toxins from your body, neutralize free radical particles that are both a product of natural detoxification processes and a result of living in a modern, industrialized society. Further, dark, leafy greens like spinach contain a nutrient known as folate or folic acid. This, along with calcium, which is also contained in these vegetables, is essential to building strong, healthy bones and mitigating damage that occurs in muscle tissue during strenuous exertion. Greens also contain quantities of insoluble fibre, which is good for digestion, glucose regulation, and increasing natural metabolic rates.
3. Green Tea
Green tea has been shown to support healthy blood vessels, lower blood serum cholesterol, improve blood flow, and increase metabolism, all while proffering a powerful distressing effect. The active phytochemical in all products of Camelia sinensis or the tea bush contain varying levels of a substance called catechins, specifically epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). While many fat burner supplements contain extractives of green tea for this powerful phytonutrient, green tea’s power isn’t about melting away fat. It acts specifically to improve the integrity and functionality of your body’s primary systems.
By strengthening vessel walls and improving blood flow, as well as supporting the cleansing action of the kidneys and liver, your vital systems get better quality blood, more quickly, in greater amounts. It enhances your ability to function well and use the energy you consume effectively, as opposed to storing it as fat. That’s the real secret to weight loss—good health.
4. Fermented Dairy Products
While run-of-the-mill dairy can be great for you, providing nutrients and metabolic support, fermented dairy—like yoghurt and kefir and other products from that area of the world—provides a different benefit. While providing all the benefits of unfermented dairy products such as cheese and milk, it also contains a host of beneficial bacteria. These contribute to the health and high function of positive gut flora, kill bad gut flora that make you sick, and improve your ability to absorb nutrients, use energy, and flush negative matter from your body.
There are many foods that will increase your ability to burn fat, use energy, and live a healthier life. A good rule of thumb is that you should eat from the rainbow, with the bulk of your daily intake comprised of nutrient dense foods, rather than energy dense choices—vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts or healthy fats, lean protein and whole grains. An orange is nutrient dense, but has fewer calories than a pastry, which is energy dense. Your body is a complex arrangement of interactive systems, and when you care for the systems, they care for you. In order to burn fat, maintain a healthy body mass, and feel better, eat well.