By Martin Ebner
As we all know, losing weight is never easy and whether you're goal is to lose 5 lbs or 100, we could all use a helping hand from time to time. Make the task of losing weight a little easier by incorporating the following foods into your diet.
1 - whole grains
Quinoa, brown rice, whole-grain cereal, pasta and bread.
Not only does your body burn twice as many calories digesting whole foods than processed foods, they also leave you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer, so you're not tempted to go back for a second helping.
Benefits - Aid digestion, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, contain vitamin C and B and are a great source of minerals.
Addition health benefits of a whole-grain rich diet include: Reduced stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart disease risk. Helps to reduce asthma.
Best time to eat – Breakfast & Lunch. (1-3 portions per day)
2 - Lean meat and fish
Beef, chicken breast, Pork, fish.
Uncooked Lean meat and fish contains up to 65% protein. Protein has a high thermogenic effect meaning you burn around 30% of the calories the food contains just through digestion.
Benefits - Build muscle and strengthen the immune system.
Best time to eat - Breakfast, lunch and dinner (3-6 portions per week)
3 - Green tea
Green-tea is one of nature's most power weight-loss aids. That's the reason that almost every "fat burning" product on the shelve contains up to 99% green tea extract.
Benefits - Speeds metabolism, helping aid fat loss. Is packed full of antioxidants.
Additional health benefits of Green Tea include: Reduced risk of Cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Best time to drink - 30 – 40 minutes prior to exercise. (1-4 cups per day)
4 - spices
Not only do spices taste great, they are jam-packed full of health boosting properties.
Benefits - Disease prevention, Boost your metabolism, aid digestion, increase energy, break up fat.
Some of ebylife's favourites:
Mustard seed - kick starts your metabolism.
Ginger - aids digestion.
Ginseng - boosts energy.
Black pepper - burns calories
Turmeric - helps break up fat stores.
5 - peanut butter
Make dieting hunger pangs a thing of the past with a tbsp of peanut butter per day.
Thanks to it's high levels of essential healthy fat, protein and fibre, peanut butter can help keep cravings for junk food at bay and aid in the weight-loss process.
Benefits - Boosts testosterone (a good thing even in women) builds muscle, burns fat, packed full of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6.
Try not to go overboard with this one (1-2 tbsp per day) and always go for natural. Not sweetened.
6 - Chillies
Spice up your life and your metabolism with a sprinkle of Chilli.
Benefits - Spikes metabolism, They contain capsaicin which aids weight loss, vitamin E, A, K, B2, B3 and B6, Fibre, iron and potassium.
Best time to eat – Lunch & dinner (1 – 2 servings per day)