8 Foods That Encourage Weight Loss

Want to boost your metabolism, curb your appetite and lose weight easily? Cutting down on calories will certainly help you, but including some right food in your diet will increase the fat burning process even more! Here are 8 foods that encourage weight loss and help you burn the fat faster.

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Just change a few eating habits, and add the following list of food to your grocery cart. Eat and get slim – yes, that’s the key mantra!

1. Eggs

Eat them! They are full of protein, and they will make you burn calories, and stay full for longer. Some studies have shown that eggs can even help you avoid blood sugar spikes, which are known to cause hunger and food cravings.

2. Salmon

Salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which help to lower levels of leptin in the body. Leptin is a hormone that encourages weight loss, but people who are overweight and obese develop increased amounts of this hormone, which leads to leptin resistance, and less responsiveness to this chemical. This results in slower metabolism, and weight gain.

Omega-3s are also known to improve insulin sensitivity, by helping your body to build muscle mass and lose stomach fat. More muscle tissue reduces the risk of becoming insulin resistant and developingdiabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Plus, the more muscles you have, the more fat you burn!

3. Chilies

Girl eating Chilie

Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which speeds up metabolism and makes your body burn more calories. It also reduces appetite, and keeps the metabolic rate elevated for up to 3 hours after it has been consumed. So, switch to spicy!

4. Beans

Beans are great fat fighters and excellent weight-loss allies. They are rich in fibers and proteins, and they can induce a prolonged sense of fullness. They stimulate the release of a satiety hormone known ascholecystokinin, which is a natural appetite suppressant.  Some studies have shown that bean eaters have thinner waists, and weigh less than non-bean eaters.

5. Apples and Pears

Girl taking Apples and Pears

Apples and pears contain high amounts of al fiber, which fills you up and prevents weight gain. They are rich in pectin, a type of soluble fiber which lowers blood sugar levels, and prevents you fromsnacking between meals.

They also contain complex carbohydrates, which boost energy levels, without increasing blood sugar, and without being transformed into body fat.

6. Lean Meat and Poultry

The proteins found in lean meat and poultry require a longer digestion, than those contained in fruits and vegetables. They speed up the metabolic rate, forcing your body to burn a lot of calories in order tobreak them down and digest them.

The proteins are also high satiety nutrients that make you feel full longer, while reducing the tendency to overeat. And above all, they are absolutely essential in building lean muscle mass.

Always opt for skinless chicken and turkey breasts, and choose grass fed beef.

7. Grapefruit

Girls lips on a Grapefruit

Researches have shown that eating half a grapefruit before meals and drinking grapefruit juice 3 times a day, can help you to lose more than three pounds in 3 months.

Grapefruit contains phytochemicals that can reduce insulin levels. Lower insulin levels will make your body convert calories into energy, rather than storing them as body fat. For this reason, your digestive system will process food more quickly and efficiently.

This exceptional fruit is also rich in vitamin C, which plays an important role in the metabolism of fats.

8. Almonds

Almonds are high in calories, but they are also rich in essential fatty acids, which keep our blood sugar steady. It is important to know that quick spikes in blood sugar levels are always followed by quick sugar drops, and these oscillations can lead to hunger and result in overeating.

To prevent this, you should eat more nuts - especially almonds. Almonds will also curb your appetite, for they trigger the release of hunger suppressing hormones in our body.

Chew them thoroughly! That way, they will release greater amounts of beneficial fats and nutrients.

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Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.

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  1. Cool article. Summer is coming. Perfect time for weight loss. :)

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