Just because fall is almost here and you’ll be able to cover yourself up under layers of sweaters doesn’t mean you should let that banging bikini body go! I like to keep a wide range of fat fighting foods at home – for the health benefits more than anything else, but whatever gets you to eat well is good motivation. Building up fat around your organs causes to all sorts of issues down the road. And the truth is eating healthy is really not that hard – adding in a few new snacks can make a world of difference, especially if you find ones that you really love. While I indulge in steaks and cupcakes, I also make a point to choose health foods, too. Here are just a few…
All right, this one’s not actually a food I love. In fact, I hate it – egg yolk especially. I have egg whites for breakfast, though, because if you have one egg in the morning (a whole egg is 70 calories – and an egg white, only 17), you’ll stay full until lunch.
Nuts in general are pretty healthy – almonds and in-shell pistachios are some of the best. A handful is a nice snack to keep your batteries charged between meals. I cheat sometimes and add seaweed for flavor!
Hot Green or Black Tea
Tea is a winning combo – calorie-free and antioxidant-rich. Get yours hot – this is higher in antioxidants than the iced equivalent. The Chinese believe that hot green or black tea helps your body better digest fats and sugars. My grandmother loved fatty pork belly, but thanks to a cup of tea after each meal, she stayed thin her whole life.
These yummy fruits are full of fiber, which will keep your weight down and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Personally, I love strawberries – they help stabilize your blood sugar and decrease the inflammation caused by sugar and red meat. Next time you’re having a slice of cake or a scoop of ice cream, throw a few berries on top! Even aside from the health benefits, they add delicious flavor.
This creamy yogurt is in high demand these days, and it’s no mystery why. It has half the sugar of regular yogurt and twice as much protein. The best option is the plain, non-fat kind (flavored is higher in sugar and calories). One study found that dieters who ate 24 ounces of fat-free yogurt each day lost 81% more belly fat than those with lower calcium diets. If flavor is important to you, chop up cucumbers and mint to add in, then use it as a dip for carrots, celery, or even meats like chicken and lamb. Eating well is all about getting creative.
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