Fat-Burning Comfort Foods

by Maria on October 15, 2013

Believe it or not, some foods that soothe your souls and delight your taste buds, can help you burn body fat and lose weight as well! Here are some of the fat-burning comfort foods:

Hot chocolate

Science has shown that cocoa in hot chocolate contains antioxidants, which can  reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which causes it to cling to belly fat.

Also, the combination of carbs and protein in hot chocolate can help your muscles recover faster from a tough workout. Furthermore, adding a dash of cinnamon to your hot chocolate could boost its health benefits even more because it contains compounds that prevent storing fat by keeping insulin out of the blood stream.

Collard greens

One serving of this hearty veggie adds up to a mere 46 calories and is packed with more than your daily-recommended doses of vitamins A, K, C, and folate, which can strengthen your immune system and increase metabolism.

Also,  collard greens contain belly-filling fiber which can lower your body’s absorption of calories from carbs.

Chicken noodle soup

Research has found that people who eat a broth-or vegetable-based soup before their meal consume fewer calories overall. Why?

  • The water in the soup helps fill you up and boosts satiety;
  • The act of eating soup helps slow your eating down so that your body has time to feel full. A study has found that people who ate soup before their main meal reduced their total calorie intake by 20%.
  • The protein, vitamins, and fiber in the chicken noodle soup rev up your metabolism even after your meal.

Coffee

Along with boosting your mood, coffee:

  • Boosts your metabolism due to a healthy dose of the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which increases your  body’s use of fat for energy;
  • In small doses before exercise improves performance and helps your muscles recover fast.

Pot roast

How the protein in pot roast helps you burn fat and lose weight:

  • Fights fat by your body having to work harder to break it down and use it for energy, which means more calorie burning as you digest it.
  • Takes longer to leave your stomach, which makes you feel fuller for longer.

Enjoy!

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