LOSING weight can be a long and gruelling process that requires bucket loads of willpower, according to The Sun. But what if you had food lurking in your cupboards that could help shift that stubborn fat faster? NutriCentre’s Elouise Bauskis and Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of The Natural Health Bible for Women, reveal the commonplace ingredients that can aid weight loss and boost your metabolism.
This spice can benefit weight management by helping to stabilise and normalise blood sugar levels, which can keep you fuller for longer and at the same time reduce sugar cravings. It is also a digestive herb that aids in the breaking down your food more efficiently, Ms Bauskis told the MailOnline.
Eggs are full of good quality protein that is easy to assimilate. The yolk is super nutritious, Glenville told the MailOnline. It contains lecithin, nutrients and antioxidants, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Plus they help people feel fuller for longer, which can help people looking to reduce their portion sizes.
They also have a improve cholesterol levels, increasing our ‘good’ HDL cholesterol whilst decreasing the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.’
Quinoa is high protein superfood that makes a great substitute for rice or pasta. It is actually a seed and is very nutritious with generous amounts of minerals. It’s also alkalising and it will be much more beneficial for balancing blood sugar levels, which helps to decrease fat storage.
A 2005 study at the University of Milan also found that quinoa was a natural appetite suppressant, another key to achieving weight loss success.
Everybody knows chilli can leave some people all hot and bothered, but it also boosts your metabolism. Chilli peppers get your body burning calories instead of storing them, a process known as diet-induced thermogenesis. It is the active constituent capsaicin that creates the heat in our body.
Studies have also shown that chilli may help to reduce your appetite which is more good news snackers who find themselves reaching for biscuit tin in between meals.
Brown rice is much more nutritious that its white counterpart because it hasn’t been as refined and therefore maintains more of its fibre, protein and nutrients, says Dr Marilyn Glenville. On the glycaemic index of foods brown rice is a medium GL food, whereas white rice is a high GL.
If you want to lose weight and balance your blood sugar, you should ideally consume only low and medium GL foods daily.
These high-protein nuts are bursting with essential nutrients, especially the minerals and vitamins. They are also full of nourishing healthy fats. Fat and protein make you feel fuller for longer. Almonds help to balance your blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which is an essential part of healthy weight loss and management, says Dr Glenville.
Caffeine can boost your metabolism by up to 11 per cent, which may facilitate weight loss. It has also been shown to increase fat burning by up to 10 per cent in obese individuals, and 29 per cent in those who are lean. This effect may decrease over time though as your body becomes desensitised caffeine, Ms Bauskis told the MailOnline.
Coffee can also dramatically boost your physical performance, on average by 11-12 per cent. By releasing fatty acids from the fat tissues for the body to use as ‘fuel’, and by increasing adrenaline levels in the blood, it makes our bodies ready for physical exertion.
This can make it a great pre-workout drink to enhance athletic performance.
Another recommended drink for dieters is green tea. Green tea contains a wealth of antioxidants, the most powerful of them being EGCG, a substance that can boost your metabolism. The nutrients in green tea increase the levels of hormones in your system that tell the fat cells to break down.
This results in fat being released into the bloodstream making it available as energy.