By enjoying the right foods, you can keep the pounds off. Foods can play tricks on your body, tricks that help shed extra fat. Different foods affect your metabolism in different ways, and below, you’ll see explanations of foods that turn on your fat-burning switch, so to speak.
Two simple effects of certain foods can help you fight extra weight:
- Some foods have been shown to promote reductions in the fat-storing hormone insulin.
- Some foods have been shown to boost metabolism.
Here’s a list of foods that might promote weight loss in numerous ways:
You may want to add sushi snacks or sushi to your diet if you want a faster metabolism.
In 2005, researchers showed that a component of seaweed, fucoxanthin, has what they described as an “antiobesity effect” 1. This seaweed compound, when given to mice, caused a reduction in adipose tissue and accelerated fat burning by increasing resting energy expenditure* 1. Fucoxanthin causes metabolic changes “leading to the oxidation of fatty acids” 2.
Burning fat may not be the only way that seaweed benefits you. Researchers describe fucoxanthin as having “great antioxidant activity, anti-diabetic, and anti-photoaging properties” 2. That’s high praise indeed!
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Nuts contain fat, but they are rich in healthy unsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They are also packed with healthy minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Researchers have found that almonds might promote healthy weight loss because the calories in them are inefficiently absorbed 3.
In one study, an almond-enriched diet caused “greater weight loss” compared to a nut-free, low-calorie diet 4.
Almonds are a great snack to have around in a bowl so you can grab a handful when you don’t have time for a sit-down meal. And they’re likely to promote a healthy weight*.
If you like fish, adding sardines to your diet can promote well-being in many ways. These tiny fish are rich in health-promoting EPA and DHA fatty acids.
Adding sardines to the diet of human volunteers, researchers measured “decreased plasma insulin” levels 5. What does insulin have to do with weight or body fat? Well, insulin is an anabolic hormone, meaning that it promotes the storage of energy and building of tissues. The higher your insulin, the more fat you’ll store and the less fat you’ll break down because insulin inhibits enzymes that break down fatty acids.
In one weight loss study, researchers found adding fish made a substantial difference in promoting healthy leanness and was “more effective” than restricting calories alone 6.
To make matters even better, sardines are exceptionally non-toxic compared to most other types of seafood due to their extremely low heavy metal content.
So put some salty sardines on a cracker and enjoy!
Peanuts, similarly to almonds, is another food that is great for snacking. Although technically a legume, researchers sometimes group peanuts with tree nuts and say that peanuts are nutritionally similar to nuts 7.
Many people like the taste of peanuts more than other nutty snacks, and some research has shown that inclusion of nuts in the diet leads to “greater weight-loss” 7. Those who have studied the data on nuts say that “consistent literature suggests nuts may be included in the diet, in moderation, to enhance palatability and nutrient quality without posing a threat for weight gain” 7.
5. Kale Chips
Kale chips are a fantastic and healthy way to enjoy a crunchy snack. These dehydrated pieces of the green kale leaf usually have spices added to them, yielding an awesomely healthy and tasty snack.
There’s certainly nothing junky about eating your leafy greens, and all the while, they taste like chips. Kale is packed with healthy antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol, and it contains very few calories and important vitamins like A, C, and K 8,9.
You can make your own kale chips or buy premade ones in the store. Also, they come in many different flavors, so you can choose one for you and one for your family.
Apples have long been thought to slow digestion and encourage a feeling of fullness*. One study corroborated these suspicions, finding that consuming three apples was “associated” with weight loss 10.
Artichoke hearts with your dip of choice is a great lean snack.
Nutritionists believe that the huge fiber content of a single boiled artichoke—about half the recommended daily value for some people—can promote feelings of fullness and curb appetite. Some fibers in whole plant foods bind to water and distend in the stomach, causing a feeling of fullness 11.
8. Bean Dip
Similarly to artichokes, beans are full of fiber, and clinical evidence has demonstrated that these foods can promote healthy leanness*. It’s clear that high-fiber diets that include beans decrease hunger and increase fullness 12. “Adult bean consumers have lower body weights, [and] smaller waist circumferences,” say researchers 12.
Beans also reduce the intensity of spikes of blood sugar after eating, which will decrease the fat-storing hormone, insulin * 12.
9. Dark Chocolate
You’ve probably heard great things about dark chocolate. It has a high antioxidant content. It sends pleasure signals to the brain, and it tastes great.
Evidence now has it that this treat can curb your appetite for potentially unhealthy foods. In a clinical study that examined the eating habits of men who added dark chocolate to their diet, researchers concluded that it “promotes satiety, lowers the desire to eat something sweet, and suppresses energy intake” 13.
It tastes good, make you feel good, and steers you away from overeating? Sounds like a great snack food. But remember that milk chocolate consumption did not cause the same positive results 13!
As you can see, all foods are not the same, and some will help you win your fight against the extra pounds. Make use of whole plant foods that boost metabolism and keep insulin levels within range. By choosing the right foods as snacks and not caving to processed junk foods, your health will benefit, and you’ll look lean and mean in a good way!
One more important thing about weight loss. Your liver plays a big role in shedding the pounds and staying lean, so look out for this organ.
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