For the past few years, people are bombarded with a really thin and emaciated image as being desirable and healthy and this has led to an obsession with losing weight. But in reality the image we are shown as ideal is not actually healthy, though it is vital that you feel good about your body image and keep it fit. Getting flabby can lead to many health issues that you should be aware of.
But that does not mean that you starve yourself to achieve that healthy state. In fact there have been studies that point out that the more negative you feel about losing your weight, the less success you are going to have with this exercise. The fact is that you should pick the right food options.
How you end up with the flab: Sometimes we build up fat in our bodies by consuming more calories that we expend. As you eat, the food gets converted to energy and the body uses this to do certain things like even digestion. But the energy that does not get used up gets stored as fat. We are genetically inclined to have fat cells in certain areas like the abdomen, the hips or arms and the fat gets stored there.
Once the capacity of the fat cells in these areas is completely, the fat gets stored in the muscle linings and creates a flabby look.
How do some foods aid in dealing with this? As you know food is the source of calories and thereby responsible for the creation fats in the body. But the fact is that some food will help the body burn away fat quicker or even reduce the fat that is in the fat cells. The way it does this is by:
- Making you feel fuller so you eat less
- Revving the metabolism up due to the minerals and vitamins
- Making the digestive system work harder while having lower calories.
Therefore eating these foods can help you lose weight over a period of time by ensuring that lesser fat gets accumulated in the fat cells.
Here Are Things That Your Diet Should Include:
Grains: Foods that have whole grains like bran, oats, barley etc will fill you up faster and also rev up the speed of the metabolism. They also block the body from storing fat to a certain extent. When whole grains are eaten this makes sure that the insulin level does not spike thus making sure that the metabolism does not slow down. This ensures more burning of calories.
Nuts: These have the very necessary good fats that go towards building up the cell structure of the body and the proteins. These aid your metabolism and make you feel full. They also have a lot of nutrients like calcium in almonds etc.
Cinnamon: Including cinnamon as part of the diet will ensure good circulation and thereby help in keeping the metabolism up leading to weight loss without too much exercising. Plus cinnamon is also good for stabilizing insulin levels as it keeps the blood sugar levels low.
Ginger: Ginger is an agent that not only adds flavor to your food but also increases the metabolism. That apart, ginger is also good for managing your stomach when you are feeling nauseous.
Lentils: These are good for iron and iron is vital for our body. What is more lentils also have fibers and protein that help in keeping bad cholesterol down.
Vegetables: These offer many health benefits and have very low amount of calories, have very less in terms of carbs and are also low on fat. Some vegetables like cucumbers are full of water and this adds to the health benefits. Stir frying with little oil or boiling or steaming vegetables or even raw is the best way to have it.
Nettle tea and green tea: Having this kind of tea is good for the health and also helps losing weight. These drinks quicken the metabolism and help shore up the immune system.
Lean meat: Meat that is lean like chicken, turkey, pork and beef are rich in protein, which is good as the body has to work harder to digest them and this means that the fat keep burning for a longer period.
Fish: Many fishes like tuna, sardines, salmon etc have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and protein that will change the level of leptin in the body that is a hormone which has an effect on the metabolism.
Vinegar: Addition of vinegar aids in increasing metabolism by switching on enzyme production in the body which helps break fat down.
Dairy products: These are rich in calcium which triggers metabolism in the body and helps those who consume dairy products lose weight better than those who don’t. It is always better to opt out for dairy products that are lower in fat to ensure a healthier diet.
Eggs: Having eggs in your diet is a great method leading to burning of fat and also feeling fuller when eaten. It also helps in building and preserving muscles.
Hot peppers: The consumption of peppers with the meal creates an enormous spike in the rate of metabolism; this is due to the fact that pepper quicken the heart rate and heat the body up making it break down more number of calories.
Fruits: Citrus fruits, berries, cherries, grapes, tomatoes are full of vitamins and minerals as well as fibers, antioxidants and also happen to be lower in calories. They make you fell full faster and are good for keeping food cravings away.
Water: Water is one of the most essential things that you should be consuming though strictly speaking it is not a food. But you should consume plenty of water and also lemonade to ensure that the metabolism pace is good and flush out the toxins from the body
Try and include healthy and prudent portions of the foods mentioned above in your diet and also try and increase the extent of exercises you do to make reaching your target weight easier.