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Include These Super Foods In Your Diet!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could eat and the food that we take in could actively help us lose weight? Sounds like a far fetched fantasy but these kinds of food do exist! It’s not magic: the key to these foods’ diet friendly nature is that they encourage more calorie burn compared to other kinds of foods. It also helps that compared to other foods they contain less saturated fats and very little (or none of) cholesterol. These may be wonder foods in terms of helping you lose weight—but remember that the key word here is “help”. It cannot do the work alone—you need to supplement your diet with regular exercise and the right lifestyle.
Fatty fish such as wild salmon. Salmon tastes great and you’d run into hardly anyone who doesn’t like salmon. Salmon is a fatty fish but don’t let this scare you—the fat from fish is healthy fat. This fat is packed with omega 3 amino acids which help protect our cells from damage and also boosts our immune system so that we are better able to fight diseases and infections. Omega 3 also boosts our metabolism thus letting us burn more fat. Eating fatty fish also encourages the decrease of bad cholesterol which tends to stick to our arteries, while increasing good cholesterols which carry bad cholesterol back to our livers. This good balance in cholesterols will help us improve weight loss.

Turkey. When it comes to white meat, turkey is superior over chicken. This is because turkey is just naturally lower in fat compared to its cousin, and its high protein content also makes burning calories easier. When shopping for turkey make sure that it says “all natural” on the label, as some turkey might be injected with additives (such as fat) to make it juicier and more plump. Eat the turkey meat and leave the skin where the most fat is concentrated. Eat turkey with vegetables or prepare a delectable cold turkey sandwich with greens and crunchy veg.

Green tea. Green tea is renowned the world over for its curative properties and overall health benefits. Green tea contains antioxidants that keep our cells healthy, specifically EGCG. This type of antioxidant has been shown to stimulate the nervous system, apparently aiding in better calorie burn. It is also one of those types of food that encourage the decrease in bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol levels in the body.

Beans. Pinto beans, broad beans, black beans, soy beans—any type of beans. These are packed with fiber which makes it filling without making you pack on the weight. Aside from the insoluble fiber which aids in digestion, beans also contain loads of soluble fiber—a gel-like substance which can help control cholesterol levels and slows down the processing of carbohydrates in the body, thus preventing fast fat storage. Beans are also great for people who want to lessen their risk of having heart diseases and diabetes.

Whole grains. Whole grains are also fiber rich foods which makes it the obvious choice for pastas, breads and cereals. These foods are made of complex carbohydrates which makes it take longer to digest, lowering fat storage in the body. When looking for products made with whole grains, just check the label. It should say “whole” on the first few ingredients (whole wheat, whole flour, etc).