A post for healthy-living :)
1. Low-Fat Dairy Products Calcium is a metabolic trigger. Skim milk and yogurt are rich in complex
carbohydrates, which boost your metabolism by keeping insulin levels
low after a meal. High insulin levels signal the body to hold onto fat. A
study of dieters done at the University of Tennessee found that those
who ate 1200 mg of calcium a day lost twice as much weight than those
who avoided dairy.
2. Hot Peppers Capsaicin, the chemical in jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne peppers
gives them their bite. It speeds up heart rate and boosts metabolism. A
study reported by AOL Health found that eating just one spicy meal a
day boosts metabolism by up to 25%, and the calorie burn lasts for up to
three hours after the meal.
3. Green Vegetables They’re a dieter’s salvation because they’re high in fiber and
low in calories. In addition to their numerous health benefits, their
slimming powers come from the fact that the more you eat at a meal the
less room you’ll have to eat other foods that might not be so wonderful.
Asparagus is especially good because it’s a natural diuretic that
flushes out the system and minimizes water retention. Studies are also
showing that it may play a role in fat breakdown.
4. Good Fats Olive oil and avocados are great sources of heart-healthy
mono unsaturated fats. The oleic acid in olive oil stabilizes leptin
(also called the satiety hormones). Avocados are also a great source of
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit.
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes are also good. Aside
from their many other proven health boosting claims, a cup of fresh or
frozen berries contains about 6 grams of filling fiber.
Almost all nuts qualify: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.
contain protein, fiber, and “healthy fat” that helps keep you feeling
full. Snacking on 24 almonds will keep you feeling far more satisfied
than snacking on the same number of rice cakes. Nut butters count, but
buy ones that don’t have added sugar. Peanut butter is particularly good
because it’s high in Niacin, which prevents bloat.
7. Tea (Hot Or Iced)
In a Swiss study, tea drinkers burned 266 more calories per
day than non-tea drinkers. Green tea is the best; it has a chemical
called EGCG that causes the brain and nervous system to run faster,
which burns more calories even while the body is at rest. Black and
white teas are also good. Avoid heavily processed bottled and canned tea
drinks and brew it yourself.
8. Coffee (Caffeinated)
Caffeine speeds up your heart rate and helps burn more
calories. Even though the caffeine in the Mocha Frappuccino counts, it’s
full of sugar and fat. It’s best to get your caffeine with low fat milk
and go easy on sweeteners. It’s been shown that taking caffeine before a
workout helps you last longer and consume more oxygen during the
workout. The more oxygen you use, the more calories you burn
9. Whole Grains
These are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
Look for “whole grain” or “whole wheat” products. If the label says
“wheat,” there’s a good chance the processing has stripped of its fiber
It’s been praised as a diet aid for years. Grapefruit is high
in pectin, which breaks down body fat. WARNING: Grapefruit can interfere
with many medications, especially blood pressure meds. Check with your
doctor, pharmacist, or the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide