Thursday, January 10, 2013

Healthy Eating Series part 2

One of those new year's resolutions often is to eat healthier. Now that it is January, are you working on this? To be honest I try not to make this resolution, instead I try to make small changes. So in the next few weeks I'll talk about what healthy changes we try to implement at our house.

There are so many myths out there right now about which foods to eat to burn more fat and lose weight, it’s no wonder so many of us are confused. We don’t know whether to eat protein, fiber, or carbs anymore these days. To help reduce some of the confusion, here is a list of the top fat burning foods and how they work.

High Protein and High Fiber Foods

High protein foods such as lean meats, eggs, cheese and beans help burn fat because your body needs more energy to digest the proteins. If you combine high protein foods with high fiber foods, such as oatmeal, beans and whole grains, your body will ultimately burn off more fat.


Foods Rich in Vitamin C

Citrus foods like lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and grapefruit are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C dilutes the fat and helps your body release excess fat.


Apples
Do you have an “apple” shaped body? Apples contain pectin which is shown to restrict the cells from absorbing fat. Pectin also encourages water absorption from the food allowing the body to release excess fat.


Chilies
Chilies contain capsaicin, a thermogenic food. Thermogenic foods allow your body to burn excess calories for 20 minutes after you’ve eaten them.


Calcium Rich Foods
Calcium has been shown to be a natural fat burner because it aids in breaking down fat in fat cells. Diets that include calcium rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt have been shown to produce better weight loss results than diets that don’t include these fat burning foods.


See the rest in our healthy eating series: 
Part 2- High Protein and High Fiber Foods
 
See our healthy meal tips.
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