Looking for a little extra help with fat loss? If you have your exercise, recovery, and nutritional plan in check, these 10 "superfoods" can be a great addition to your fat loss program, simultaneously boosting your health and your weight loss!
At any given time, my daily diet includes a majority of these "superfoods", and I have seen noticeable benefits since adding them in!
Personally, I am not a huge fan of the taste of coconut oil, but I cannot deny the health benefits. Studies have shown that adding coconut oil to your diet can aid in fat loss and also appears to increase the “good cholesterol” (HDL) in your body while decreasing triglycerides. Coconut oil has also been found to have appetite-suppressing properties- meaning you will feel fulfilled quicker and less likely to overeat. Coconut oil remains stable at high temperatures and is a great option for cooking.
Blueberries are comparatively lower in calories and sugar than a lot of other fruits like bananas, cherries, and oranges. But what makes blueberries an amazing food is that they are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body fight inflammation, boost your immune system, and have been linked to fat loss. Not only are blueberries packed with antioxidants, they are a great source of fiber and have tons of vitamins and minerals. I add some blueberries to my morning smoothie every single day. I find that it is a great way to add some antioxidants while making my smoothie taste great.
Ginger is another food packed with antioxidants. It helps fight inflammation, stomach and GI distress, and boosts your immune system.
Some people may look in the mirror and think that they look bloated or like they've gained weight, when really their body is just majorly inflamed. Removing the foods and other daily habits that brought about this inflammation, while adding ginger to your daily diet, is a great way to fix this problem. This is another food that I add to most of my morning smoothies.
Green Tea is full of antioxidants and nutrients that have amazing effects on your body. These antioxidants and nutrients are great for your immune system, and studies have shown that they can even help fight cancer. Green tea has also been shown to boost your metabolic rate, increase fat burning, and some studies have even shown that it is effective in decreasing abdominal fat.
A lot of people do not realize that coffee has a lot of health benefits. Similar to Green Tea, Coffee is loaded with antioxidants. So many people drink coffee (and lots of it) that they get most of their daily antioxidants from it. There are many fat loss supplements out there, and one of the most common ingredients in them is caffeine. Caffeine is the universal fat burning supplement because it has actually been scientifically proven to burn fat and help you lose weight. Studies show that caffeine boosts your metabolic rate and increases the burning of fat. Just make sure when you drink your coffee that you stay away from the cream and sugar!
Don’t get scared off by the amount of fat in an avocado; that is what makes it special. Studies have shown that the mono-saturated fat in avocados increases your satiety, meaning it will make you feel full quicker and keep you from overeating. Avocados are full of fiber (aiding in digestion and fat loss), and even contain more potassium than bananas!
Chia seeds are jam-packed with antioxidants, aiding in keeping your immune system healthy, your skin clear, and your energy high. Their fiber content has also shown to improve digestive health. Adding chia seeds to your diet is a great way to enhance weight loss. They balance your blood sugar which will help you keep the belly fat away.
Besides the fact that Cinnamon can be great for adding flavor to your meals, it also has huge health benefits for you. Cinnamon is another food loaded with antioxidants (a common theme with this list), and has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps lower your risk of disease. Another major benefit to this food is that it helps lower your blood sugar and improves your sensitivity to insulin. This is very beneficial when you are trying to lose weight and keep the belly fat off.
I am a major advocate of sticking to whole foods for the majority of my client’s diets. However, I have found that many of my readers and clients have trouble getting enough protein in their diets. In the future, I will write about getting more protein in your diet via whole foods, but for the purposes of this post, a protein supplement could be the answer for many people. Protein supplements are a great way to add some extra protein to your diet via shakes, smoothies, or even sprinkling on your oatmeal.
A lot of people (including me) supplement with protein shakes, and while I believe that they are a great tool, there are some things that I would like to address first.
Now this might surprise you, but there are many people who do not do well at all with whey protein. There are many who suffer from allergies, intolerance, or side effects from the extra ingredients added to traditional protein supplements. You could be one of those people and not even realize!
If you find that you are experiencing any of these symptoms and believe that you may have some kind of sensitivity to whey, you may also be worrying that you can no longer make smoothies or consume pre- or post- workout shakes. No need to worry, because you can use a plant protein-based substitute that will work just fine! I found that as soon as I switched to a plant protein-based powder all of my symptoms went away and I felt much better. I actually didn’t realize until after I made the switch how crappy I was feeling!
Check out this blog post to find out more about whey protein sensitivity and vegan protein powders!
Dark chocolate in sensible quantities can be a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while sticking with a healthier option. It is a powerful source of antioxidants and has actually been shown to have more than a lot of foods, including another food on this list, blueberries. Keep it in moderation and enjoy the health benefits!
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