Superfoods Proven to Aid In Your Weight Loss Journey
As we approach the new year, the number one thing on many of our minds is getting healthy and losing weight. Especially after the holidays and having them add weight to our scales. There are a million different diet plans, pills and potions out there so having some direction and education on the topic is the first step to success. Along with a healthier diet, you’ll want a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise, a minimum of 8 hours of sleep and decreased stress. With a healthier lifestyle, these superfoods are proven to help you along the way.
Green tea is an amazing tool to aid in weight loss. It is known to boost your metabolism, increasing its efficiency. Studies have also shown that green tea does a great job targeting visceral fat or the fat around your organs. Decreasing visceral fat can alleviate serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Green tea also may decrease your appetite which can help you lower your calorie intake. This occurs because green tea affects dopamine and norepinephrine in the body.
Eggs are protein packed and promote fat burning. If you start the day with protein instead of a fruit smoothie or bagel, you're feeding your muscles which in turn can make you more metabolically active due to a higher muscle mass. Protein also keeps you fuller for longer, reducing cravings and helping control your portion sizes later in the day.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. They contain a great source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper and contain no cholesterol. With this knowledge, many call Chia seeds a superfood for all that it packs. For weight loss, they curb your appetite and keep you fuller for longer thanks to the high fiber and protein content.
Although it is important to note that chia seeds are high in calories and fat (healthy fat). You don’t want to consume too many calories so keeping it within your daily intake is important.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar is known to lower blood sugar levels, decrease insulin levels, improve your metabolism, reduce fat storage and burn fat, as well as suppress your appetite. The fullness it provides may lower calorie intake and assist in your weight loss.
A study was done on obese Japanese subjects and it was proven to reduce body weight, body fat and serum triglyceride levels.
Coconut oil is built differently than your traditional fats. It contains medium and long chain triglycerides which makes it instant energy for the body and is burned more immediately. Coconut oil boosts your metabolism because of those long chain triglycerides and it also keeps you fuller for longer. Coconut oil is considered saturated fat though so it's important to not overdo your consumption. Another thing to note is all of these benefits come from the MCT’s that coconut oil contains. Coconut oil contains only about 13.5% of MCT so some go right for the source and get MCT oil instead of coconut oil.
If you feel you need more assistance in your weight loss journey, Atlanta Medical Institute may be able to help. With their team of highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and weight loss specialists, they design tailored treatment plans that specifically meet your needs and address chronic diseases or conditions that hinder your ability to lose weight.
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