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22.07.2016

Fat Burning Foods

Did you know that there are certain foods that may contribute to fat loss? We’re sure we caught your attention so keep on reading!

One of the simplest mechanisms through which the human metabolism can be enhanced is though food-induced thermogenesis. All the foods we consume require energy in order to be digested. For example, the body spends around 30% of the energy intake from protein, solely to complete their digestion. Respectively, for the digestion of carbohydrates, it spends approximately 5-10% of the energy intake and for the digestion of fat, the percentage is estimated at 0-3%. This mechanism makes the lean protein sources ideal foods that transiently increase the metabolism, as they require more energy to be metabolized by the body in comparison to other foods. Good protein sources that are low in fat content are fish, seafood, chicken (skinless), lean beef, eggs (especially whites), duck, tofu and fruit jelly without sugar.

As it appears, an additional way of improving your levels of body fat is to include a portion of protein in every one of your meals. This means that we can add a few raw nuts to our snack with fruit, egg or milk during breakfast and some cheese or some other source of protein to our main meals.

Cinnamon

This is a frequently used spice that appears to play a role in the proper regulation of blood sugar and body weight. This unique spice is very rich in antioxidants, while a recent study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that eating 3g of cinnamon a day for eight weeks, helped diabetic patients in losing weight and improving the regulation of their sugar in comparison to patients who did not consume cinnamon as part of their diet. Prefer Ceylon cinnamon, if you enjoy it taste-wise. A great idea is to use cinnamon every day in either your coffee or tea, and with your breakfast assuming it includes cereal or oats.

Coconut Oil

One of the most controversial components of modern nutrition is coconut oil, which is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Although it is a saturated fat, it appears to play a role in regulating body weight, as our body tends to use its fat for energy rather than storage. Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids, which appear to contribute to weight loss as part of a balanced lifestyle. Moreover, in areas of the world where coconut or oil are staple foods, there are decreased incidences of cardiac diseases, suggesting that perhaps the saturated fat in coconut oil can not be blamed for the appearance of cardiovascular diseases. As a matter of fact, according to Dr. Willet, professor at the Department of Public Health, Harvard University, coconut oil increases "good" cholesterol, and this is associated with reduced cardiovascular risk, despite its high content of saturated fat. For this, it is recommended in recipes that traditionally call for more butter.

Remember to combine good food choices with physical activity for the sound regulation of body weight and fat, as well as ensuring that you always have a good mood.

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