Fat Burning Foods
Each one of the following foods is clinically proven to promote weight loss. These
foods go a step beyond simply adding no fat to your system – they possess special
properties that add zip to your system and help your body melt away unhealthy
pounds. These incredible foods can suppress your appetite for junk food and keep
your body running smoothly with clean fuel and efficient energy.
You can include these foods in any sensible weight-loss plan. They give your body
the extra metabolic kick that it needs to shave off weight quickly. A sensible weight
loss plan calls for no fewer that 1,200 calories per day. But Dr. Charles Klein
recommends consuming more that that, if you can believe it – 1,500 to 1,800
calories per day. He says you will still lose weight quite effectively at that intake level
without endangering your health.
Hunger is satisfied more completely by filling the stomach. Ounce for ounce, the
foods listed below accomplish that better than any others. At the same time, they’re
rich in nutrients and possess special fat-melting talents.
These marvels of nature deserve their reputation for keeping the doctor away when
you eat one a day. And now, it seems, they can help you melt the fat away, too.
First of all, they elevate your blood glucose (sugar) levels in a safe, gentle manner
and keep them up longer than most foods. The practical effect of this is to leave you
feeling satisfied longer, say researchers.
Secondly, they’re one of the richest sources of soluble fiber in the supermarket. This
type of fiber prevents hunger pangs by guarding against dangerous swings or drops
in your blood sugar level, says Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky’s
School of Medicine.
An average size apple provides only 81 calories and has no sodium, saturated fat or
cholesterol. You’ll also get the added health benefits of lowering the level of
cholesterol already in your blood as well as lowering your blood pressure.
Whole Grain Bread
You needn’t dread bread. It’s the butter, margarine or cream cheese you put on it
that’s fattening, not the bread itself. We’ll say this as often as needed – fat is
fattening. If you don’t believe that, ponder this – a gram of carbohydrate has four
calories, a gram of protein four, and a gram of fat nine. So which of these is really
Bread, a natural source of fiber and complex carbohydrates, is okay for dieting.
Norwegian scientist Dr. Bjarne Jacobsen found that people who eat less than two
slices of bread daily weigh about 11 pounds more that those who eat a lot of bread.
Studies at Michigan State University show some breads actually reduce the appetite.
Researchers compared white bread to dark, high-fiber bread and found that students
who ate 12 slices a day of the dark, high-fiber bread felt less hunger on a daily basis
and lost five pounds in two months. Others who ate white bread were hungrier, ate
more fattening foods and lost no weight during this time.
So the key is eating dark, rich, high-fiber breads such as pumpernickel, whole wheat,
mixed grain, oatmeal and others. The average slice of whole grain bread contains
only 60 to 70 calories, is rich in complex carbohydrates – the best, steadiest fuel you
can give your body – and delivers surprising amount of protein.
Easy does it is the password here. We’ve all heard about potential dangers of
caffeine – including anxiety and insomnia – so moderation is the key.
The caffeine in coffee can speed up the metabolism. In nutritional circles, it’s known
as a metabolic enhancer, according to Dr. Judith Stern of the University of California
at Davis. This makes sense, since caffeine is a stimulant. Studies show it can help
you burn more calories than normal, perhaps up to 10 percent more. For safety’s
sake, it’s best to limit your intake to a single cup in the morning and one in the
afternoon. Add only skim milk to tit and try doing without sugar – many people learn
to love it that way.
There’s good reason for this traditional diet food to be a regular part of your diet. It
helps dissolve fat and cholesterol, according to Dr. James Cerd of the University of
Florida. An average sized grapefruit has 74 calories, delivers a whopping 15 grams
of pectin (the special fiber linked to lowering cholesterol and fat), is high in vitamin C
and potassium and is free of fat and sodium.
It’s rich in natural galacturonic acid, which adds to its potency as a fat and
cholesterol fighter. The additional benefit here is assistance in the battle against
atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the development of heart disease. Try
sprinkling it with cinnamon rather than sugar to take away some of the tart taste.
Continued in tomorrows post…