5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight
Looking to lose a few pounds?
When you set out to slim down, there’s a lot of things to think about, but diet is definitely #1.
For decades, dieters have focused on counting calories, but recent research has revealed a different “rule to live by.” It’s way more effective, and it won’t leave you pulling out a calculator – or your hair.
Focus on diet QUALITY – not quantity.
Yep, it’s much more important to focus on what you eat as opposed to how much.
With that said, here are 5 specific foods that encourage weight loss and flood your body with nutrients.
You may have heard that salmon is high in fat, and it is…but it’s the good kind!
Salmon is rich in omega-3s, which are known to reduce inflammation – a key player in obesity and metabolic disease. Salmon’s combination of healthy fats, quality protein, and abundance of nutrients make it helpful in burning fat and building muscle.
And let’s not forget its iodine content. It’s necessary for healthy thyroid function and a healthy metabolism as a result!
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a high-fiber, low-carb superfood that works to naturally suppress your appetite.
Did you know chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in water?
Once full of water, they transform into a gel-like substance that keeps you feeling fuller longer while also reducing those pesky cravings for sweet treats.
3. Grass-Fed Beef Liver
Besides being one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, grass-fed beef liver provides those nutrients in a highly bioavailable form.
Why does that matter?
Because nutrient deficiency is a widespread (yet little known) cause of weight gain.
This organ meat is also a rich source of vitamins B1, B3, B6, B7, and B12 – all of which help keep your metabolism working at optimal levels. It’s also rich in choline, which has a lipotropic effect, enhancing your body’s use of stored fat.
Want to skip the taste but still reap the benefits? Try our Grass-Fed Organ Complex!
4. Chili Peppers
These little peppers don’t just heat up your mouth – they fire up your metabolism too!
That’s all thanks to a compound called capsaicin. For years, capsaicin has been known to boost thermogenesis (the rate at which your body burns fat), but more recent studies show that it can actually inhibit the accumulation of fat in the first place!
If you don’t like the heat, you can get similar benefits from enjoying cayenne pepper or paprika.
5. Green Tea
It’s just as important to watch what you drink as it is what you eat. Water should be your primary drink of choice, but when cravings hit for something more, try green tea!
Research indicates that it is cardioprotective, neuroprotective and anti-carcinogenic while also promoting weight loss. In fact, it can increase calorie burning at rest up to 100 calories a day.
This is thanks to its active ingredient known as EGCG, which works to speed up fat-burning metabolic pathways and lipid oxidation.
While many weight loss experts focus on restricting quantity, you’ll see longer lasting results if you modify your diet quality instead.
An easy way to determine quality foods is to ask yourself 2 questions:
- Can I grow it in a garden?
- Can it be harvested in nature?
You also want to stick with organic produce and 100% grass-fed meats to avoid the pesticides, antibiotics, steroids and other yucky stuff they sneak into our food these days!