Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Are You Aware of What Foods Fight Fat?

The swim suit season will soon be here.  Is your body ready for the exposure or do you need to lose a few pounds?  If the answer is yes, I have some helpful foods for you to consider.

Grapefruit is the usual staple on most diet plans for a reason.  Every half of a grapefruit serving is loaded with three grams of fiber and plays a part in helping your metabolism work better. 

Another helpful food is avocado.  The reason avocados work in battling fat is because your body burns their monounsaturated fat faster than any saturated fat.  Olive oil is another monounsaturated fat.  Saturated fat comes from animal products like beef, pork, butters, etc.

According to one study, subjects given the same equal-calorie diet over a month period with foods rich in saturated fat while another was fed the same menu except with foods rich in monounsaturated fat that the monounsaturated participants lost more weight.

Vinegar is something to take a closer look at because it can help cut your blood sugar.  Four teaspoons before a high-carb meal can help if you use it on your salad for instance.  Here's a tasty suggestion if you want to use creamy salad dressing and cut down the fat, just transfer half to another container and return to the refrigerator.  Add vinegar to the original jar that is half filled.  

Chili powder and hot peppers have capsaicin, a natural appetite suppressant, which gives it the heat.

Nut butters like Artisana, (which is currently on a giveaway), have the perfect blend of fat, protein, and fiber to keep you full while also taking your body longer to break them down.  The type of fat found in them also is the healthier variety to help speed up that metabolism.

Coffee always gets a bad wrap.  However, it has caffeine to help metabolism. 

Of course, we can not forgot about the value of legumes.  Beans are great for any diet.  They will satisfy your hunger, provide lots of fiber, and are delicious when you learn how to cook them.  Another thing about beans is using them saves you money in that grocery budget.

Earlier on, I wrote about my horrible root canal experience in my post on the importance of getting a second dental opinion.  For months, I needed to heal ligament damage and went toothless without any temporary crown.  I only ate soft foods, mostly yogurt, cottage cheese, soups, eggs, lots of ice cream, but no bread.  I did carefully manage crackers on one side of my mouth.  The point I'm trying to make is I lost 20 pounds without trying.  Although I don't have any science behind this, I believe the yeast in bread has to play a part in losing that weight.  For the amount of ice cream I ate, my family thought I would have expanded while I only lost.  This may sound ridiculous, but this is a true story.  Try just giving up bread in your diet and see the pounds melt off if you're serious about dropping weight. 

2 comments:

barbara.montyj said...

Thanks for the great tips - I'm working on weight loss.

Mary B. (Nuts4Stuff) said...

Check out my recipes with beans from the black bean burgers (which you can alternate the beans) to bean sandwich spreads.

In fact, I just made another batch this morning. Half of my ground cooked beans went for the sandwich spread and the other portion turns into a pasta sauce with a few more additions.

I can't talk highly enough about BEANS! They are a staple in my house. They fill and give your stomach a light feeling.