Friday, December 19, 2014

6 Fat-Burning Foods for Winter

As Promised by The Fat To Fit Radio Show...

6 Fat-Burning Foods for Winter

Dark Chocolate
Your favorite indulgence actually includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. Just make sure you stick to a small square a day so the sugar and calories don’t outweigh dark chocolate’s fat-burning potential.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes may just be your cold-weather fat-burning secret. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full while burning calories by putting your digestive system to work. And they also contain a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Stick with a simply seasoned boiled or steamed sweet potatoes-not a sugary dessert-if you are eating for weight loss.

This is the time of year when cinnamon is often the star, and that’s a good thing: the warming Fall spice has been shown to slow digestion and regulate blood sugar to boost your metabolism.

You can find various types of pears throughout the Fall and Winter, and there’s a reason to stock up: pears, like apple, contain high levels of pectin, which binds to water and limits the amount of fat your body absorbs.

Rest assured, your post-Thanksgiving leftover turkey habit is helping you burn fat. Lean protein, like turkey, keeps you full and takes energy to digest-both of which mean increased metabolism. Go for skinless breast meat to keep the calories down.

This citrus is prime for picking in Autumn and Winter, so stock up. Grapefruit is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which can help you stay fuller, longer, while eating less. Try tossing grapefruit segments in a hearty salad for lunch (along with grapefruit vinaigrette). 

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