Fat Burning Foods: Potent Foods
It would be unrealistic to think you could successfully lose weight and enjoy what
you’re eating with a mere handful of foods, no matter how delicious, nutritious and
satisfying they may be. So we’re going to add an extra roster of fat-fighting foods you
can eat along with the great foods mentioned in the last section.
They’ll lend different tastes and textures to every meal and provide a wide range of
vitamins, minerals, proteins and other vital nutrients. Naturally, each one is high in
fiber, low in fat and safe when it comes to sodium content, too. Many have
crunchiness and flavor we’ve come to desire in snack and nibbling foods. If you’re
like most of us, you may have a real junk food snacking habit – a habit you’re going
to have to change in order to slim down. Many of the foods in this section may be
This filling grain stacks up favorably to rice and potatoes. It has 170 calories per
cooked cup, respectable levels of protein and fiber and relatively low fat. Roman
gladiators ate this grain regularly for strength and actually complained when they had
to eat meat.
Studies at the University of Wisconsin show that barley effectively lowers cholesterol
by up to 15 percent and has powerful anti-cancer agents. Israeli scientists say it
cures constipation better than laxatives – and that can promote weight loss, too.
Use it as a substitute for rice in salads, pilaf or stuffing, or add to soups and stews.
You can also mix it with rice for an interesting texture. Ground into flour, it makes
excellent breads and muffins.
Beans are one of the best sources of plant protein. Peas, beans and chickpeas are
collectively known as legumes. Most common beans have 215 calories per cooked
cup (lima beans go up to 260). They have the most protein with the least fat of any
food, and they’re high in potassium but low in sodium.
Plant protein is incomplete, which means that you need to add something to make it
complete. Combine beans with a whole grain – rice, barley, wheat, corn – to provide
the amino acids necessary to form a complete protein. Then you get the same top quality
protein as in meat with just a fraction of the fat. Eating beans regularly can lower cholesterol levels.
This is the perfect weight-loss food. Berries have natural fructose sugar that satisfies
your longing for sweets and enough fiber so you absorb fewer calories that you eat.
British researchers found that the high content of insoluble fiber in fruits, vegetables
and whole grains reduces the absorption of calories from foods enough to promote
width loss without hampering nutrition.
Berries are a great source of potassium that can assist you in blood pressure control.
Blackberries have 74 calories per cup, blueberries 81, raspberries 60 and
strawberries 45. So use your imagination and enjoy the berry of your choice.
Broccoli is America’s favorite vegetable, according to a recent poll. No wonder. A
cup of cooked broccoli has a mere 44 calories. It delivers a staggering nutritional
payload and is considered the number one cancer-fighting vegetable. It has no fat,
loads of fiber, cancer fighting chemicals called indoles, carotene, 21 times the RDA
of vitamin C and calcium. When you’re buying broccoli, pay attention to the color.
The tiny florets should be rich green and free of yellowing. Stems should be firm.
Continued in tomorrows post.