If you are one of the millions of Americans who have been working remotely, missing the gym and snacking for the pure comfort of it during the months of coronavirus chaos, you may be among those who’ve packed on 15 pounds or more.
If you’re looking to drop the weight now, as the world tilts back to normal, you need to get those steps in, add some cardio exercise and eat healthy foods known to be fat-burners.
Avocados – In addition to their high complement of antioxidants, copper, magnesium, manganese, niacin and riboflavin, avocados are full of healthy fats—the kind that helps your heart and may increase the rate at which body fat is burned. The high-fiber content also keeps you full to help reduce your appetite.
Eggs – Remember all the bad press egg yolks once got? As it turns out, not only is there no established link between cholesterol in foods and cholesterol levels in your body, but the yolks contain metabolism-boosting nutrients that can help reduce both body fat and bad cholesterol. Plus, they’re low in calories and high in protein to fill you up and promote muscle growth.
Beans – Besides being high in fiber and protein, beans, especially white and kidney beans, contain resistant starches that can potentially increase the amount of fat used for energy and prevent new fat cells from forming.
Blueberries – Berries are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The latter will help fill you up without extra calories. Studies have shown that blueberries, in particular, may affect genes that regulate fat burning and fat storage, possibly due to their high levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins. Blueberries can also help lower cholesterol and control glucose levels.
Fish – Fish including salmon, tuna, cod, herring, and sardines, are chock full of vitamin D. That’s key because D intake has been linked to weight loss in many studies. Fish are also a lean source of protein that is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
Cardamom – A spice available ground or in pods, cardamom is known to reduce bloating and curb cravings. Studies also suggest it can boost metabolism and reduce water retention. Its melatonin content also encourages the burning of fat. Add it to soups, stews, fish, and more.
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