Monday, 9 February 2015

15 of the best foods that'll help you shift fat naturally

Eating clean to lose fat doesn’t have to mean skipping meals and throwing out your favourite foods. Below you’ll find 15 of the finest – and most flavoursome – foods you should whack in your shopping basket, proven to encourage your body to burn calories. Of course, simply swapping sweet potatoes for greasy fries or oily fish for the battered variety is only half the battle. It doesn’t mean you can skip training!
Once you’re armed with the knowledge on how best to burn fat, you’ve got to match your dedication in the kitchen with perseverance in the fitness regime.
1. Cinnamon
 can help to blunt 
insulin response in the body, stopping you from storing fat, says an American study.
2. Apples
 contain antioxidant polyphenols, which help to prevent your body from storing fat, according to a German study.

3. Sweet potatoes 
are a low-GI food 
that helps you avoid fat-promoting spikes in blood sugar, according to 
research from the US.
4. Grapefruit has been found to lower insulin levels in your body. This decrease prevents your body from storing sugar as fat and helps dampen your appetite.
5. Green tea compounds in green tea called catechins help speed up your metabolism. They do this by reducing your levels of the enzyme catechol-O-methyltranferase, which degrades the fat-burning hormone norepinephrine.

6. Yoghurt contains bacteria that may actually help reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs and stores.
7. Chilli peppers a study published in the Journal Of Proteome Research showed that capsaicin, a compound found in chilli, helps protein structures in your body to break down fat.
8. Oats are full of fibre and low in calories so a bowl of porridge in the morning is perfect for getting your metabolism into gear and preventing unnecessary snacking by keeping you feeling full for a long time.

9. Coconut oil should take pride of place in your cupboard because it’s high in medium-chain triacylglycerols, a chemical compound that encourages the body to burn fat for energy. Combining coconut oil with coffee is a current favourite in the MF office. Not only does it taste great, the mixture of caffeine and saturated fat gives your body a long lasting energy boost.

10. Oily fish eating fish influences a hormone in your body called leptin, which directly affects your metabolism’s choice to store calories as fat or burn them off.

11. Strawberries are rich in polyphenols, helping improve blood sugar control and reduce fat storage and are also high in vitamin C, which helps clear the stress hormone cortisol after exercise to speed up recovery.
12. Eggs are full of healthy proteins that the body expends a lot of energy trying to process. They’re also packed full of healthy cholesterol and actively reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.
13. Avocados encourage fat burning thanks to their rich supply of monounsaturated fats. They also contain mannoheptulose, an unpronounceable compound that inhibits the breakdown of glucose, aiding fat loss in the process.
14. Lean meats protein has a thermogenic effect, causing your body to burn more calories to digest it. The effect is greatest with meats that are low in fat such as chicken or turkey.
15. Blueberries are super-efficient fat fighters. A study in the US discovered that they can disrupt the development of fat cells by up to 73%.

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