Bikini season is upon us! Your body is already beautiful and fabulous enough to rock a two-piece, but if you are like most women, you could feel a bit more confident by shedding a few unwanted pounds. Forget about depriving yourself. Instead, feast on Mother Nature’s very own metabolism-boosting, fat-fighting bounty. The following 5 whole foods will accelerate your weight loss goals just in time for the sun.
Weight loss doesn't have to be a painstaking task marked by strain, deprivation and overall gloominess - it can be a yummy and care-free journey! Instead of taking a stab in the dark with your food choices, focus on the whole foods that are proven to whittle that middle into shape more so than others.
Try these weight-loss friendly foods:
Berries are full of antioxidants. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry explains how antioxidants react with fat cells in mice to stop the production of triglycerides. Triglyercides are fats give the body energy, but too much of it can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity.
2. Shelled Pistachios
Pistachios make for a low-calorie source of protein – they contain 6 grams of protein per ounce and only 100 calories per 30 nuts consumed. Protein helps to stave off hunger. But the true trick to the pistachio-eating trade is to have them when they are in their shells. No, that does not mean eat them with the shell on. Instead, it means to crack open the pistachios yourself and eat them afterwards. Researchers observed subjects offered shelled pistachios consume 41 percent fewer calories than those offered pistachios without their shells. The nuts’ shells trick the brain into thinking that you’ve eaten more than you actually have.
3. Green Tea
Green tea, most notably matcha green tea, provides the body with unique catechins that help to boost the metabolism and incite the burning of fat. Catechins are a type of antioxidant particularly present in teas. Replace your diet fizzy drinks and pasteurized fruit juices with green tea and feel and see the difference!
4. Greek Yogurt
One serving (170 grams) of non-fat Greek yogurt contains 100 calories and 17 grams of protein. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt. Its protein content is what makes it particularly suitable for a slimming diet. One study showed that when dieters increased their protein intake by 15 percent, they consumed 441 less calories per day, contributing to weight loss over time.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Did you know that half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals is associated with significant weight loss? About 30 minutes before each meal, nosh on a half of a grapefruit and witness the results for yourself.
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