Fat Burning Foods & Herbs
that can Melt Away Fat
Discover six fat burning foods and five herbal remedies that will help you burn fat faster and get that zing back in your life. Crank up your metabolism and turn your body into a food incinerating fat-melting human blast furnace!!
It's easy to get caught in the trap of thinking of food as the enemy, but the following foods are actually great allies in the war against weight by helping to rev up your metabolism which will help to melt away that unwanted weight.
Eating small regular meals every two to three hours will help stop your metabolism from switching to 'storage mode' which is genetically encoded into each of us. Our ancestor's genes and fat storing biology are to blame as this genetic coding has now become a health liability in our present times of food abundance and inactivity.
Instead of skipping meals - which teaches your body to store extra fat - eating regular meals and constantly digesting that food temporarily increases your metabolism and your body's ability to burn fat.
The six Fat Burning Foods are:
This hot and spicy food, along with similar condiments like tabasco,wasabi,curry paste,mustard and curry paste, all cause a sharp spike in your metabolism. The hot flush and sweating you experience, while enjoying these hot curries or laksa, is due to the temporary increase in your metabolism. However, be mindful of the amount of rice and naan bread you have.
Eating cocoa (another fat-burning food) regularly can help boost the fat-burning effects of exercise. Adding some organic raw cocoa powder to your morning power smoothie or perhaps making your own hot chocolate with a sprinkle of cinnamon is a great way to give your efforts a boost. However choose a chocolate without the extra sugar and the harmful hydrogenated vegetable oils found in many easily found varieties. Better still, choose a good quality dark chocolate made from unprocessed raw cocoa. You can enjoy this indulgence without any guilt.
This amazing aromatic herb helps to balance blood glucose and insulin levels making it a great aid for weight loss. You can sprinkle it generously on your porridge or morning power smoothie. For an afternoon healthy snack, especially when you need a sugar hit, mix it with some fruit and yoghurt - instead of those very unhealthy snack type junk foods that are full of calories, fat and preservatives.
Dark Rye Bread
This high fiber-laden food keeps your metabolism active much longer after eating as your body has to work harder to digest it. It's a much better choice than white bread and has a healthier glycemic index (GI).
Why GI is important
Eating high GI foods produces a rapid increase in blood glucose levels, triggering the pancreas to produces insulin. Insulin causes the body’s muscle & liver cells to attempt to store the excess glucose. Imagine insulin as a shuttle, moving glucose from just digested foods into storage. If the digestive system is pumping glucose into the blood stream quicker than insulin can move it into the muscles/liver or glucose stays high too long, the body will convert the excess glucose into fat. Eating lower GI foods produces slower glucose raise, little insulin & fat storage, even if you have eaten high fat content foods!
The production of a hormone called leptin, which encourages your body to burn calories rather than store them as fat, is increased by eating fish. Make sure to choose small fish, preferrably caught in the deep, to limit your exposure to mercury which is a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in larger, predatory fish like tuna, deep sea perch, shark and swordfish. Best to keep it as healthy as possible.
This sweet and nutty combination of ground linseed, sunflower and almonds (LSA), can be sprinkled on salads, yoghurt or porridge. The linseed contains plenty of water-soluble fiber, which swells up in your digestive tract and keeps you feeling much fuller for a longer time.
The Five Herbal Remedies are:
Studies have shown that this herb helps to speed up fat loss. It's traditionally used by herbalists to promote healthy blood sugar and insulin levels.
Anyone struggling with stubborn belly fat often the result of a condition known as insulin resistance. This powerful herbal tonic will help promote healthier blood glucose and insulin levels. It will help you quickly improve your energy levels and also help you cope better with stress. Please note that if your blood pressure is high and you drink lots of coffee or energy drinks, talk to qualified herbalist before taking Panax ginseng.
This herb is widely used as medicine and food in India. Brindle Berry is the source of hydroxycitric (HCA) used in many weight loss supplements. A combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise and adding a daily dose (2800 mg) of HCA as part of your weight loss program will safely help in reducing excess body fat.
A process known as thermogenesis, which increases your ability to burn fat faster, is greatly stimulated by drinking green tea. The chemical responsible for this is epigallocatechin-3-gallage (EGCG) not caffeine. So you can confidently use a caffeine-free green tea if you are sensitive to caffeine. A cup of green tea is always great after meals especially if they are oily, heavy or a 'take-away'.
If cravings for sweet food or sugar is an issue take some gymnema tincture every few hours. If taken in tincture form it inhibits your sweet taste buds and is extremely effective in blocking the ability to taste sweet flavours. It has been described that eating a spoonful of sugar tastes like cardboard or eating sand after swishing some gymnema around your mouth. That should certainly take away those cravings.
The secret behind these herbal medicines and herbal remedies lies in their ability to help your body respond better to exercises and nutritious food by addressing many of the metabolic obstacles that can hinder your efforts in achieving your ideal body.
Where you can get these things....
These fat burning foods can be found in most good supermarkets and the herbs are found in most health food stores or online. One site is Australherbs.com
And most importantly don't forget.......
Good old H2O, the magical glue that binds all this together and makes everything work more effectively,efficiently along with keeping your energy levels up. Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism so make sure you drink lots of water - preferrably pure filtered water as unfiltered tap water can contain toxic and heavy metals which can interfere with mainataining a healthy thyroid function.
A simple tip to make sure you are drinking at least a minimum of eight glasses of water per day is to fill up an empty two liter bottle and drink constantly throughout the day. By the end of the day just make sure you finish drinking whatever is left over.
And remember that, although these foods and herbs will crank up your metabolism, combining a regular exercise routine - even a daily walk or a ten minute stretch - and a sensible eating plan will guarantee much faster, long term results.
Imagine how good you will feel when you take your clothes off in front of the mirror and you like what you see. You can then look forward to shopping for a new swimsuit to show off the 'new' you.
The most important thing is to make a start. So, what are you waiting for ? Go for it...This is no dress rehearsal - this is your life.
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Dr J Wright-Nutrition & Healing
S Luck - Levity Health
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