More Fat-Burning Comfort Foods

by Maria on October 18, 2013

Here are some more fat-burning comfort foods that will soothe your soul and delight your taste buds while helping you burn body fat.

Red Wine

Research suggests that the antioxidant resveratrol found in grape skins inhibits the production of fat cells. What’s more, a substance found naturally in red wine called calcium pyruvate helps fat cells burn more energy.

In fact, in a study, women who had one or two drinks a day were 30 percent less likely to gain weight than teetotalers. So drink up, but stick to just one glass a day, as each 6-ounce serving contains about 150 calories!

Pumpkin

The fiber and the antioxidant beta-carotene content in pumpkin fights the oxidation and inflammation in the body that’s linked to increased fat storage.

Chili

The combination of the fiber from the tomatoes and the protein from the beans and the beef in chili burns fat and prevents overeating. Plus, capsaicin, the compound that gives cayenne, chili peppers, and jalapeños their heat, can also burn fat, while the spices in chili increase calorie burn too.

Chickpeas

They are a great source of fiber and protein which stabilizes your blood sugar, controls cravings and prevents overeating. Also, the healthy unsaturated fats in chickpeas can whittle your waistline.

And more to the point – science shows that consuming unsaturated fats lowers your body mass index and reduces belly fat.

Roasted Carrots

Researchers have found that roasted carrots contain three times as many antioxidants as raw carrots. The high water and fiber content in them fills you up fast and helps you burn calories.

Roasted Potatoes

Although they don’t have a waist-friendly reputation, they’re very satisfying and actually full of nutrients, such as the disease-fighting chemical allicin, also present in garlic. The latter has been found to fight inflammation and therefore – contributing to smaller waistlines.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in carotenoids—the orange and yellow pigments in plants that help the body’s response to insulin. This is how eating them can prevent sugar from getting around your waistline as fat.

Plus, the fiber content in them slows digestion and prevents blood sugar from plummeting—and your hunger from spiking.

Oatmeal

A study has found that the combination of fiber and protein in oatmeal slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, reduces the production of insulin and keeps you fuller for longer.

The bottom line: Thumbs up to all of the above goodies that satisfy our hunger, give us pleasure and, in addition, help us burn fat and lose weight at the same time! Win-win!

 

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