Sunday,18 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1409, (13-19 September 2018)
Sunday,18 November, 2018
Issue 1409, (13-19 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Fat-burning foods

Fat-burning foods

It can be very difficult to get rid of excess body fat. Burning fat is hard work, and fat loss only happens when you burn more calories than you ingest, leading your body to break down lipid stores for energy. However, fortunately alongside a proper fitness regimen, certain foods can help you burn body fat, speed up your metabolism, and aid your overall health.

Try incorporating these foods into your diet to help you burn more fat at the natural way.



Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables:
All veggies that have green leaves, like spinach and Swiss chard, can help burn body fat effectively. It’s recommended to eat them fresh and to ensure that they’re green without any blemishes or yellowing. These foods are also rich in the vitamins and anti-oxidants that can help prevent health problems like cancer, cataracts, memory problems and heart attacks.



Eggs

Eggs:
Eggs are a great source of lean protein, and they can set the fat-burning pace for your entire day when eaten for breakfast. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, a major fat-burning nutrient that helps turn off the genes responsible for belly-fat storage.



Almonds

Almonds:
A handful of almonds pack a serious fat-burning punch. A study of overweight adults published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating about a quarter-cup of almonds a day for six months led to a 62 per cent greater reduction in weight and body mass index (BMI), thanks to a compound in them that limits the fat absorbed by the body. Eating just 1.5 ounces of almonds daily led to a reduction in belly and leg fat.



Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions:
Garlic and onions contain chemicals that can destroy fat deposits within the body. They also help to lower cholesterol levels and attack certain viruses, bacteria and fungi, and they can help to limit the risk of certain cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks.



Chile peppers

Chile peppers:
Although not everyone can handle their harsh taste, these can have diverse benefits on the body and can help burn fat thanks to speeding up the metabolism. Chile peppers are a natural antiseptic, contain high levels of Vitamin C, and help control blood-sugar levels.



Grapefruit

Grapefruit:
This sparks your body’s fat-burning ability. It is rich in phytochemicals, bioactive compounds that research shows stimulate the production of a hormone called adiponectin, which is involved in the breakdown of body fat. A study published in the US found that people who ate grapefruit for six weeks lost a full inch off their waistlines. Other research suggests the fruit can “turn on” calorie-burning brown fat cells, promoting the breakdown of body fat while reducing appetite.



Turmeric

Turmeric:
This helps to break down fat deposits stored in the body and speeds up the metabolism. Turmeric is also famous for antioxidants that can help reverse the aging process.



Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes:
As slow carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are digested slowly and keep you feeling fuller and energised longer. Among their ingredients are carotenoids, a form of antioxidant that helps stabilise blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, preventing calories from being converted into fat. Their high vitamin profile (including Vitamins A, C and B6) give you more energy to burn at the gym.



Cinnamon

Cinnamon:
Recent studies in the US have shown that seasoning food with cinnamon can speed up your metabolism from its normal rate and help regulate blood-sugar levels. Low blood sugar helps eliminate a considerable amount of fat, so try drinking a cinnamon tea daily to get this benefit.



Lemon water

Lemon water:
One of the most magical fat-burning elixirs is water. The more water you drink, the fuller you will feel and the easier it will be to cut back on unnecessary calories. Water is necessary to keep your metabolism functioning optimally. For even more benefits, add a lemon to speed up the fat-burning process in your body. D-limonene, an antioxidant in lemon peel, helps flush toxins from the body, helping to eliminate fat from your system to keep your tummy toned and tight.

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