The Best Foods for Weight Loss
While there are lots of “superfoods” out there, the 9 foods listed below are going to be your best bets if you are looking to boost your metabolism.
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Here are the top 9 foods you can start adding to your diet today:
Curbing your sweet tooth could be as simple as a dash of cinnamon! This magic spice helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates and sugar. This could save you from storing excess fat. Try it sprinkled in your morning coffee for a double-dose of metabolic boosting power!
Few people consider selenium an important part of their diet. Don’t dismiss this mineral, though! It’s vital to the health of your thyroid gland, which is responsible for regulating your metabolism. Just a handful of Brazil nuts supplies your body with well over 100% of the daily recommended intake of selenium.
Taking fish capsules with omega-3 fatty acids, or eating fish, helps reduce insulin levels and supports weight loss. Some studies have shown that supplementation can actually increase resting metabolic rates. Impressive!
Dark, leafy greens such as spinach or kale are not only delicious, but they’re packed with nutrition. They’re high in iron, so eating an extra salad can help your body regulate metabolism and thyroid function. Iron is also essential to ensuring your body is receiving enough oxygen via red blood cells.
Fat oxidation is a process than can become less efficient as you age. Fortunately, it’s possible to help bring your body back up to speed with healthy doses of vitamin C. Not only that, one grapefruit contains close to 70 mg of calcium!
Grass Fed Beef
Opting for grass fed (as opposed to grain fed) beef is definitely worth the extra money. The age old phrase “you are what you eat” proves true for cattle, as well.
Cows who are fed a healthy, natural diet of pasture grass have higher nutritional value. This includes omega-3 fatty acids, which you now know help your body maintain an optimal metabolism.
Some people have a hard time getting enough protein in their diet. A supplemental protein source can raise your protein intake to where it needs to be and help your body maintain muscle, while burning fat, during diet and exercise.
Arguably the most important and effective item on this list, water is a crucial component for metabolism regulation! It aids in digestion, flushes waste, and regulates body temperature.
Since our bodies are made of up to 60% water, drinking plenty of it helps maintain optimal health and function. This includes your metabolism!
Metabolism naturally slows down as you age. However, antioxidants have been shown to hold anti-aging compounds that can help you win the fight against time. Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. It doesn’t hurt that they’re a treat! Eat them atop greek yogurt for a calcium and protein boost, as well.
Ok, now you have your list, but also know that the main goal of all good diets is that they are balanced and varied.
Getting enough protein, carbs, and fat, and getting them through a wide variety of foods, is going to help make sure you get all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients your body needs to function at its best.
This list can give you some good ideas of what to add, but don’t think that just because are now eating 10 cups of blueberries you are going to see great results!
The point of applying this type of diet is to reduce the inflammatory stress that you are putting on your body day in and day out. Inflammation leads to weight gain, pain, and low energy, so if you want to reverse that process, this is a great place to start.
If you would like to learn more about this approach and our full weight loss approach, download our Ultimate Fat Loss Diet & Recipe Guide today and learn about:
- Our 7-Step Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- How much protein you really need
- The best foods to eat (and avoid) to lose fat
- Specific meal plan & recipes for optimal results
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