6 Foods that Fight Fat & Slim You Down

6 Foods that Fight Fat & Slim You Down

IMG_2256Are you looking to jumpstart your metabolism and get closer to reaching your weight loss goals? There are certain foods that can help you do just that. With one quick visit to the grocery store, you can be well prepared with everything you need to make positive changes and rev up your weight loss potential.

  • Lean Meats: Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).
  • Whole-Grain High Fiber Cereal: Cereals such as shredded wheat is a good source of fiber not to mention low in sodium to discourage bloating that can be caused by a high intake of salt.
  • Nuts: loaded with healthy fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well as essential protein and fiber, nuts will help fill you up.  Almonds are a good source of riboflavin, copper and phosphorus. You will also get plenty of vitamin E and magnesium when you consume hazelnuts.
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products: Skim milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables: Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower are very low in calories and water-packed. The amount of fiber they contain helps to keep you feeling full. Although all vegetables provide nutrients and beneficial substances, cruciferous vegetables should be a part of your well-balanced meal plan because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Consuming these vegetables at the start of a meal is a great way to fill up and leave less room for higher calorie items that you want to limit (including dessert).
  • Raspberries: These bright red berries are versatile and loaded with nutrients. One cup is an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries are also a good source of Vitamin K and selenium. Raspberries, like other fruits and vegetables, are high in antioxidants and water content, so eating them can help you stay hydrated.

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