Health Tips: Some foods that will fire up your fat loss

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Mumbai: Consuming 20-30g of high quality protein via foods such as eggs, Greek yoghurt, protein based smoothies and higher protein bread is the easiest way to set the platform for a day of healthy eating.

Not only will a high protein breakfast help to regulate blood glucose levels throughout the morning and keep you full for several hours but protein rich foods actually require more calories to digest than carbohydrate rich foods thus helping to boost metabolic rate.

Good options include scrambled eggs with vegetables; smoked salmon and avocado or nut spread on high protein bread, a smoothie with protein powder or Greek yoghurt with a little fruit.

Pineapple: A compound in the fruit called bromelain works with other enzymes to help break down and digest fats, while research from Purdue University in the US suggests that it also aids appetite suppression and increases fat excretion. Plus, a 100g serving of pineapple – equivalent to about two thin slices – contains 58% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which your body needs to keep your skin strong and supple, and to counter the damaging free radical effects of exercise and pollution.

Coffee: A couple of cups of strong coffee first thing can help you lose weight by reducing hunger pangs so you’re not tempted by sugary mid-morning snacks. That’s the findings of a study based on both overweight and normal weight subjects, published in the Obesity Journal, which found caffeine consumption of around 6mg per kilogram of bodyweight – that’s 450mg for a 75kg man – to be the ideal amount.

Yogurt: For years dairy products such as yogurt were demonised for their fat content. But in an analysis of studies examining yogurt consumption and body composition, more than half the research found a positive link between eating yogurt and lower body-fat levels. The combination of calcium, which metabolises fat, and gut-healthy bacteria is behind the benefit, according to the International Journal Of Obesity.

Green Tea: Green tea is picked earlier than black, so it retains more polyphenols and antioxidants. This means it can boost your metabolism – the rate at which you burn calories – which burns more body fat. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, but possibly the best thing about green tea is that it tastes great without needing milk and sugar.

Fizzy water with lime juice: Fizzy drinks are packed with flab-causing sugar, while the diet versions contain artificial sweeteners that are associated with insulin spikes, leading to weight gain, and bone-weakening phosphorus. Instead, squeeze lime juice into fizzy water. The juice lowers your blood sugar response to other foods to discourage fat storage.

Blueberries: With high levels of antioxidants, blueberries are effective at combating the damaging effects caused by exercise, pollution and other toxins. Have a handful as a snack or throw them into a smoothie to keep your body burning fat efficiently.

Brazil nuts: These nuts, which actually come mostly from Bolivia, are high in the antioxidant vitamin E. This “mops up” the damaging free radicals caused by stress and exercise. Producing too many of these damages your cells and your body prioritises repairing them over other actions, specifically building muscle and burning fat.

Pumpkin seeds: These are a great source of protein, zinc, magnesium and iron – all of which are vital to keeping your body using up fat stores around the clock. They also contain a wide variety of antioxidants, including forms of vitamin E found in few other foods. Grab a handful between meals to stay full.

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