With summer literally around the corner, time is getting somewhat tight, if you’re just starting to think about losing weight and getting fit for your summer holiday. Many of us struggle to maintain a healthy weight and the cold winter months don’t really inspire us to eat salads and fruits, comforting and warming foods are normally at the top of the list of food choices. Unfortunately if you live in the colder climes of the world, one minute it can be positively freezing followed by the biggest heatwave in ten years! This leaves us totally unprepared for shedding the layers.
Ideally eating a healthy well balanced diet is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, but sometimes we need a little boost in order to increase our motivation. You could try a fat burner, specially formulated using natural ingredients, additionally did you know that there are certain foods that have thermogenic properties?
What is thermogenic?
Every time you eat, your body requires heat in order for the digestion process to work effectively. The body produces heat in response to the type of food you have eaten. This is called thermogenesis. Some foods require more heat for digestion to take place and some foods encourage your body to produce more heat. An increase in heart equals a rise in metabolism, which in very basic terms – burns fat!
What are these amazing foods?
Often thermogenic foods require more calories to digest than what they contain.
Number one on the list is lean protein. There’s a reason why athletes and bodybuilders eat a lot of protein other than that protein builds muscle. Protein is considered the number one thermogenic food, this is because protein is not easily digested and requires more heat to do so. Protein also keeps you fuller for longer due to the digestion process being more complex. 30% of the calories contained in protein is utilised during the digestion process. If your body finds it difficult to digest protein it is more likely to use fats, carbohydrates and sugars for fuel – therefore it burns fat!
Celery has always been the dieters friends due to it’s mild taste and versatility. It also takes more calories than it actually contains to digest so has excellent thermogenic properties. Eat raw in salads or add to soups and casseroles.
Foods such as cayenne pepper and chilli increase your core body temperature, which results in increasing your metabolism. There is also a spice found in cayenne pepper which encourages your body to use fat cells as fuel.
The properties of green tea are actually quite astounding. Green tea has excellent fat burning properties due to it containing catechins. The tea has also been proven to decrease the bodies ability to digest carbohydrates and slow down absorption of sugars. Therefore the body utilises fat as fuel. Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant.
Include the above foods in your diet on a daily basis and you will be well on your way to achieving your summer body!