We’ve all been there: regardless of what type of diet, we have all searched for foods that can help us lose weight or fat faster than other. We have all searched for that magic cure! Am I right? Well, if you know you have or a friend of yours has, go ahead and share this article with them because I’m going to break it down for you in five easy-to-remember food groups! This week we will cover the first three:
2. Fermented & Pickled
It’s THAT simple! My rule of thumb for staying lean without tracking macros is to incorporate two of these three items daily into my diet.
Exchange your premade seasonings for various spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne or black pepper. Add in sage, oregano, mustard, cumin or ginger. Each spice has a unique benefit that aids in digestion, hormone balancing, immunity and metabolism boosts. According to the Journal of Medicinal Foods, 11 found a direct correlation between the antioxidant phenol content and the spice's ability to inhibit glycation and the formation of toxic advanced glycation end products, making them potent preventers of heart disease and premature aging. According to this study, the top 10 most potent herbs and spices are: cloves, Jamaican Allspice, oregano, cinnamon (ground), apple pie spice (mixture), pumpkin pie spice (mixture), marjoram, sage, thyme, gourmet Italian spice. In my personal opinion, spices are the easiest way to add flavors to foods without the added sodium and water retention that comes from premade seasonings!
Fermented & Pickled:
Yep, you read that correctly. Go and get your fermented foods on, boo! I know it sounds gross—some have a UNIQUE taste—but fermented foods are the bee’s knees to weight loss! Why?!? Because the bacteria floating around in it EATS the sugar and carbs floating around in your body! You know how fat cells are made? Well, those extra carbs and sugar you tend to eat will get stored into your fatty tissue, causing weight gain in unwanted areas, so when you ingest fermented foods, they will act as microsurgeons and LITERALLY EAT YOUR FAT from the inside out!!! Try adding kombucha, sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, beet kvass, Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, natto, kimchi, or miso. My favorite is sauerkraut because I can simply add it to a salad as a topping, but try them all and figure out which one fits your taste preferences and lifestyle the best!
According to the Journal of Medicinal Foods, we should consume 1 ounce of water per 1 pound of body fat. Consuming adequate amounts of water will help you digest food quicker and burn fat faster and easier.
Any dieter knows that certain foods have more water, which is one reason why people assume salads are healthier since their main ingredient is lettuce, which consists of 80% water. However, there are far tastier options that include water that will help you on your journey! Eating the following foods will count toward your daily water intake, while boosting and pumping your body full of vital nutrients! My top fat-burning, water-based foods include: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, cucumbers, broths (especially bone broths!), tomatoes, bell peppers and more! The list can keep going, but you get the picture!
The magical foods you’ve been looking for to help you burn and lose fat faster have been right in front of you the entire time! It’s time to put down that processed food and eat whole foods again!
Stay tuned for part 2 next week, or catch up with me on Instagram @fitt.eboni. We will be discussing the types of fats and carbs that help you lose weight!