Cutting out food is not the answer to weight loss. In addition to providing your body with essential nutrients that help you stay healthy, the calories are to your body what fuel is to a car; you can’t expect a car to get very far on less than half a tank of gas. Similarly, you can’t expect peak performance at work or at the gym if your body has made enough energy from food. Despite what they may promise, crash diets aren’t the solution to your weight loss goals; all they do is deprive your body of food, and leave you feeling hungry and miserable. You’re more likely to put the weight back on after the diet is complete because you’re compensating for your hunger. If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, here are some fat burning foods you need to include in your diet.
Avocados are a great fat-burning food; they’re rich in vitamin B6 – which directly counteracts the belly-fat-building stress hormone, cortisol – and they’re also full of monounsaturated fat. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to make guacamole to reap the full benefits of avocados – mashed avocado on toast will also do the job. This creamy fruit burns fat, tastes amazing, contains more potassium than a banana, and it curbs your appetite for several hours. It’s also the perfect excuse to have more guacamole.
Making the decision to work out is fantastic, but exercise alone is not enough to give you flat abs. Every time you complete an intense workout, body tissue gets destroyed and the only way to build it up again is to consume a lot of protein. Fish, especially salmon, is one of the healthiest sources of lean protein. It’s also a rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which fuel fat burning, block fat storage and aid weight loss. Make yourself a salmon dinner after an intense workout, and in just 30 days you’ll be looking amazing; adding protein and healthy fat to your diet reduces cravings, and it has been shown to keep weight off for longer. Include spinach and other green vegetables in your salmon dinner to further aid muscle building.
No-carb diets gained a big following once pasta, bread, and other refined carbs were declared an enemy of the flat stomach. Although you should try to cut out refined carbs from your diet, cutting out all carbs will only leave you feeling tired, grumpy, and constipated. When eaten, carbohydrates are digested and converted into glucose, which is essential fuel for your body. Instead, find carbs that are good for you; sweet potato is one delicious example. Unlike most carbs, which leave you feeling sluggish, sweet potato is a slow carb, which is digested slowly and thus keeps you fuller and energized for longer. Sweet potato also contains vitamins A, C, and B6, and carotenoids, which are antioxidants that stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, therefore preventing calories from being converted into fat.