In addition to regular exercise and eating a clean diet there are certain foods that help you lose weight because they have a thermogenic affect on your metabolism. Eating smaller meals every 2 to 3 hours instead of 1 or 2 large meals through out your day will cause your body to be constantly at work converting those calories into usable energy. How you combine foods can also affect the body’s insulin level, and is as equally important as the foods you eat, and when you eat them. Below are some foods that will assist you to lose weight:
Calicium has been proven to reduce body fat and can be found in healthy snacks such as:
- fat-free milk
- low-fat yogurt
- low-fat cheese with a high-fiber cracker.
Eggs help the body absorb the calcium and have a high protein content which allows them to stay around in your digestive system longer and help the body release insulin at a steady rate.
Cinnamon also helps regulate insulin levels and it tastes great sprinkled on a sweet potato, oatmeal or french toast made with whole grain breads.
Protein and Calcium Combinations
High protein and calcium rich foods combined with foods like; fish, tofu, flaxseed, and soy nuts that contain omega-3 fatty acids help the body break down stored body fat making for a fat-blasting formula. Adding flaxseed to protein shakes, salads, and oatmeal, and supplementing with fish oil capsules are easy ways to assure you are getting enough fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
Protein, Carbohydrate, and Fat Combinations
Combining proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in the correct proportions; 30, 40, and 30 percent respectfully, in a single meal affects the amount of insulin released in the body. As proteins and fats are broken down for fuel they send messages to the brain to release stored fat compared to carbohydrates which send the message to store fat. When these messages cancel each other out and the right amount of food is consumed between meals you have a perfect balance of insulin being released in the body that provides a steady flow of energy all day long to meet all the demands of your body.
Some foods require more calories to digest than they contain, contributing to what has become known as negative calorie foods or fat-burning foods. There are over 100 of these foods that can be added to a variety of diets to reduce overall calorie intake. They will satisfy your satiety by providing a variety of food textures and leaving you feeling full giving you control over over-eating. Understanding how foods affect your metabolism gives you more control in the way your body burns calories by choosing and combining recipes from a variety of foods, spices, and drinks that together just melt the fat away. Some fat-burning foods are: