It can be hard and frustrating when you really want to lose weight and look fit and trim, but your efforts don’t seem to yield positive results. Not because you are not putting in your best, but because the demands, exercising, dieting and all just seem to be too much work.
In this article, I am going to share a few foods and drinks that you can concentrate on if you want to lose weight naturally. They are easy to source and incorporate in your diet regimen. All you have to do is eat and drink more of them.
Although many people don’t embrace it, water is one of essential recipes to losing weight naturally. And if you ask where you should start, the best answers is: Start drinking more water. When you drink water, it increases the amount of calories that you burn.
This state (of increased calorie burning) is known as resting energy expenditure, and it increases by 24 to 30% within 10 minutes of drinking water and lasts for at least 60 minutes. And if you want to achieve better results, drink a glass of water before every meal.
And if you find it hard to drink water, like someone once told me, you should start by drinking fruit infused water. This is where you get a glass of water and chop up some fruits into the water for flavouring. It does not add any calories to water and you can enjoy your water with some taste.
Common recipes are slices of lemon inside your glass of water. Scrub and wash the skin of the lemon very well, slice it with the skin and drop into your glass. You can also combine cucumber and lemon. Pineapple and mango are also good. Another recipe is pineapple and ginger. Wash and peel the pineapple and ginger, slice them and drop into your glass. You can also try any combination of fruits. Super effective weight loss therapy.
Any kind of tea is good, as they contain antioxidants that work to protect the body from pollution. But of all the teas, the green tea is the most renowned for helping in weight loss. Because it is processed very differently and made to retain most of its essential nutrients as compared to black and oolong tea.
Green tea is rich in healthy caffeine and catechins, the two primary compounds that combine to boost the metabolic rate and increase energy expenditure (by 4%) and fat oxidation (by 17%), according to some studies.
A study was conducted recently at the Rochester Center for Obesity in America, where some women were asked to include 2 eggs in their breakfast. Another group of women was asked to eat the same amount of calories and almost identical levels of protein (without eggs). The results revealed that the group that ate eggs for breakfast felt less hungry and ate a smaller lunch.
And 36 hours later, the women that ate eggs for breakfast consumed 417 calories less that the other non-egg eating group. Eggs contain many essential nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and vitamins A, D, E and B12, but contain just 85 calories each. Thus, they are very good for weight loss. Eat at least 2 at breakfast and avoid frying them so you don’t increase the calorie content.
Although nuts are packed full of fat, they contain healthy nutrients that help in weight loss. Yes, they contain fat, but these fat are high in fiber and phytochemical, and are also good for the heart. When you eat nuts, you get full quickly and stay full for a few hours or more, thus helping you consume fewer calories.
And according to studies, eating peanuts for 19 weeks can increase your resting energy expenditure by 11%. Munch on them in-between meals or add them to your meals, nuts are very good for weight loss and optimal health.
Watermelon is rich in arginine, an amino acid which helps burn fat. It contains 92% water, which is what the body really needs, vitamins A and C (good oxidants), and B6 which is essential for energy production and stabilizing blood sugar.
It is a very good food for weight loss as it has a low calorie content. Meaning that you can eat as much as you want, and still stay within a healthy calorie limit.
The weight loss benefits of coconut oil was outlined by a research study that was conducted at the University of Geneva. They fed some young men between one to two tablespoons of coconut oil and observed them experience an increase in energy expenditure by 5% and losing (or not consuming) a total of 120 calories per day.
Coconut oil helps keep the blood sugar level steady, so that your body avoids the spikes and dips that can make you prone to eating junk foods. For best effect, consume between 1 – 2 tablespoon of coconut oil twenty minutes before meal time. It will significantly reduce your appetite so you don’t have to eat much and consume excess calories.
Rest energy expenditure, REE, refers to the calories you burn when you are resting. If you can concentrate on increasing your expenditure daily, by eating and drinking these and similar foods and drinks, you are sure to lose weight naturally without having to exercise frequently.