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Accelerated Weight Loss Foods

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Best Foods for Weight Loss

Accelerated Weight Loss Foods by Mary Green

You've put yourself on a diet, you're exercising at home or else you've joined a gym, you're checking your weight on the bathroom scale every morning and feeling the frustration. Why is the weight not coming off any faster? Is the scale broken? What more can you do? This frustration is one faced by many dieters who aren't seeing the results they are working so hard for every day. Maybe part of the problem is that we aren't eating the right foods. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrition but low in fats and calories. Not only can you take control of your weight and your overall health by replacing fast foods, highly processed foods and animal products with whole foods- You can make your diet and workout routine work harder for you by incorporating these metabolism-boosting foods into your daily routine. You can work them into your diet easily and not only will they bump your weight loss speed into high gear, they're DELICIOUS!

Apples-Fiber-rich apples boost your metabolism with natural sugars, forcing your body to burn more calories during digestion while at the same time helping you stay full longer. This is often called the negative-calorie effect. The complex carbs in apples also have a healthy metabolic effect on your blood sugars and insulin levels.

Artichokes- Artichokes are fiber rich and low in fat. They are known to aid digestion and help stabilize blood sugar, two important factors involved in weight control.

Asparagus- This negative calorie food requires more calories to digest than it contains. A 25 calorie serving of asparagus (about 1/2 cup) takes about 80 calories to digest. Your net loss is 55 calories!

Beans- Beans give your metabolism a one-two punch because they are high in protein and fiber, making your body work harder during digestion. Like apples, they affect blood sugars and insulin in a good way.

Beets- Rich in folate and packed with nutritional value, beets are a fat-free way to help boost your metabolism which aids in fat burning.

Broccoli- Another negative calorie food. Your body burns more calories digesting broccoli than it contains. Broccoli is also calcium-rich, another great metabolism booster!

Cinnamon- Cinnamon has so many great benefits- including the ability to fight that stubborn belly fat. It causes lower blood glucose levels and stimulates insulin production so your body doesn't store that fat but burns it instead.

Chicken breasts- Lean proteins take more energy to digest as well as keeping you full longer.

Coffee-Studies have shown that drinking caffeinated coffee before exercise causes your body to burn 107% more fat than non-coffee drinkers.

Curry- Curry is a blend of spices that increase your internal body temperature, the same as peppers do. This speeds up your metabolism and helps burn fat by helping to balance blood sugars and insulin levels.

Garlic- Speeds up your metabolism and helps flush fats with mustard oils and minerals.

Grapefruit- Studies show that grapefruit has a positive impact on your insulin levels and causes fat to be burned rather than stored.

Greek Yogurt- Greek yogurt is higher in protein than other yogurts. The benefit of that difference is that it takes more energy for your body to digest it, and the higher protein content keeps you feeling full longer.

Green Tea- Green tea boosts your body's thermo genesis and causes you to burn fat faster.

Lean Turkey- Lean turkey is a high protein, low calorie food that your body has to work to digest and that means a boost in your metabolism.

Milk(skim)-Coffee is recommended prior to your workout to burn more fat, but drink milk after your workout to increase development of lean muscle by about 63%.

Oatmeal-Oatmeal is a high fiber food that your body has to work a little harder to digest, resulting in a higher metabolic function.

Oranges-The fiber and fructose in oranges has a positive effect on blood sugar levels and insulin, which helps your body burn the fat rather than storing it.

Pears-Enzymes found in the outer skin of Bartlett pears has been found to help break down carbohydrates in your body, which helps facilitate fat loss.

Peppers- Several types of peppers raise your internal body temperature and this increases your metabolism. The most common types include jalapeno, cayenne, chili and habanero peppers.

Quinoa- Quinoa contains protein and fiber, which combines to make it a fat-busting all-star!

Salmon-Salmon contains Omega3's which boosts your metabolic rate, affects insulin levels (in a good way) and speeds up your body's oxidation of stored fats.

Sardines-Sardines are high in protein, keeping you feeling full longer and making your body work harder at digestion.

Soup-Soup before a meal causes you to eat less and also boosts your metabolism.

Spinach-The Vitamin C and fiber in spinach both metabolize fat and boost overall metabolism.

Sweet Potatoes- The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they are so flavorful without all the toppings you would normally put on a baked spud. That cuts the calories, plus they keep you full with their high fiber content.

Tuna- Like salmon, tuna is packed with those Omega3's- and your metabolism, insulin levels and fat oxidation all benefit accordingly.

Vinegar- Dressing your salads with oil and vinegar is a tasty way to lose the fat, with the fat fighting properties that vinegar contains.

Water-Water cleanses, hydrates and helps flush out the fats you have oxidized with some of the other foods in this article. A new study states drinking 2 glasses of water before each meal helps you lose weight faster. So drink 8 to 10 glasses every day.

Watermelon- Watermelons high water content helps quench your thirst and takes up more space in your stomach, with few calories added to your diet.

Whole Grain Cereals- Fiber is one of the most effective metabolism boosters. Not only does your body have to work at digesting it, it regulates blood sugars and insulin levels and triggers fat burning instead of fat storage.

Yogurt (the lowfat kind)- Calcium is a metabolic booster in and of itself. Add to that the healthy bacteria found in yogurt for a healthy digestive system and you're getting a BOGO (every womans favorite acronym) !!

All of the foods listed above will benefit your weight loss efforts in some way. If you noticed, many of them also have a beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin production. Insulin production has a direct effect on fat storage and metabolism, which is why these foods are significant for the success of your diet plan. Add exercise on a regular basis (at least 3 times a week) and you will find the numbers on the scale (and on your clothing size labels) getting smaller over time. The healthiest way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss is to gradually add natural, healthy foods to your diet and wean yourself off of the processed foods that are at the root of the problem. It need not be a drastic change, but rather one that replaces your present habits one meal at a time. By the time you've made the transition in total, you will be well on your way to making peace with your bathroom scale. Bon Appetit!

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      Mary Green 4 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for reading and commenting! Lots of ladies I know face issues like this and anything I can do to help is my pleasure!

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for sharing this great info - the belly fat is something I have a problem with thanks for the great tips to help battle my bulge!

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      There may be a bit of controversy over coffee usage, but the fact of the matter is that it does boost your metabolism and should be included. I am a coffee drinker and enjoy it every morning.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      I am glad coffee is included in your list. Thanks for this information Laceylinks!

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      My pleasure Eric, it's always good for you when you exercise and eat well. My wish for you: live long and prosper!

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      Eric 5 years ago

      Thank you for informing me and

      Taking time to answer my questions

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      The foods I am suggesting in my article are high nutrient foods, which are perfect for someone who exercises and works out. Perfect. You can't eat any better foods than these. They fuel your body with high nutrition and metabolize energy and that's what an athlete needs. I have a friend who works out with heavy weights and when he wants to get really lean and cut he eats a lot of chicken, turkey and tuna. And water.

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      Er 5 years ago

      I do weights workouts to burn fat to

      Is that okay

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      Of course, it works for everyone. What you do is substitute these foods for the foods you've been eating. Try it first as a one meal switch- say you eat turkey or salmon and broccoli for supper instead of what you normally eat. Or for breakfast you eat whole grain cereal and a couple of apples instead of your usual breakfast. Once you get into it, and if you do it every day, you will see the weight start coming off. All the best to you!

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      er 5 years ago

      hi i would like to know if this works fo teens to

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      Barry Cross 6 years ago from York, UK

      Great Hub! I eat lots of food from your list and can 100% say that they are superb for burning fat.

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      myawn 7 years ago

      nic einformation to know apples are a fav of mine

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this great list!

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      Earthbeat 7 years ago

      Thanks for a useful hub.

      You've hit some of my favorite foods - apples, asparagus, beans, to name a few.

      Also, I like the emphasis on healthy spices - good for you, and great for taste!