Fat Burning Foods and Super Foods – A necessary part of any diet – The 7 Secrets To Your Ideal Body

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Each of the following foods has been proven to promote weight loss and contribute necessary nutrients to the health and fitness of your body.  Many contain the fiber critical for food metabolization and the slowing of calorie absorption.

  • Apples – Elevates blood glucose in a safe, gentle manner and keeps it elevated longer than most other foods, so you feel less hunger.  Low in calories and high in fiber.
  • Barley – Lower in calories than either rice or potatoes, with respectable levels of protein and low in fat.  The “strength food” of the Roman gladiators.
  • Beans – One of the best sources of plant protein, legumes (beans, peas, and chickpeas) are low in calories and have the least fat of any food.  They are an incomplete protein, thus should be combined with a whole grain rice, barley, wheat, corn or potatoes to provide the amino acids in a complete protein.
  • Berries – Natural fructose and moderate fiber content.
  • Broccoli – Only 44 calories per cooked cup and possibly the number one cancer-fighting vegetable.  No fat, loads of fiber and many times the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin C and calcium.  When buying broccoli, select the heads with rich green florets and no yellowing.
  • Buckwheat – Leads to good blood sugar regulation, lower cholesterol and may be cooked in a variety of ways.  Great for breads, cereals and soups, or cooked alone as a side dish.  Commonly called “kasha” in European cooking.
  • Cabbage – The wonder food of Eastern Europe.  Only 33 calories per cooked cup and cooking does not remove any of the nutritional greatness.  Only 18 calories per uncooked cup and 33 calories cooked.  Protects against colon cancer.  Studies in the USA, Greece and Japan indicate that those who consume a quantity of cabbage live longer and have the lowest rates of colon cancer.
  • Carrots – A medium carrot has about 55 calories, loads of beta carotene and fiber.  Delicious either cooked or raw, they impart a natural sweetness to any meal or snack.
  • Chicken – Excellent source of protein, iron, niacin and zinc.  Removing the skin after cooking is the healthiest.
  • Coffee – A moderate consumption of caffeine laden coffee can speed up the metabolism and burn more calories.  Limit your intake to a cup in the morning, another in the afternoon and you should avoid the negative side of this great beverage.
  • Corn – Only 178 calories per cooked cup and high in iron, zinc and potassium, it also provides high quality protein.  The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico eat nothing but corn and beans and reportedly have almost zero incidences of heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Cottage Cheese – Low-fat varieties have about 205 calories per cup, low fat and respectable amounts of calcium, riboflavin B vitamin.  Use it in cooking, baking or consumed as a dip or side dish.
  • Figs – Very high in fiber and low in calories.  This fruit contributes to a feeling of fullness and may prevent overeating.  Poach them or serve them fresh or dried or use them in cooking.
  • Fish – More beneficial than previously thought, fish is low in calories and high in Omega 3 oils which reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.  Fish oil supplements have been found to reduce joint inflammation and ease arthritis.
  • Grapefruit – Helps dissolve fat and cholesterol, very low in calories and high in Vitamin C, pectin and potassium.  Zero fat and sodium.
  • Greens – Swiss chard, kale, collard, mustard and turnip greens and spinach (the Super Star) are all very low in calories, loaded with fiber and vitamins A and C and are fat-free.
  • Kiwi – Only 46 calories per fruit, high in vitamin C and potassium.
  • Leeks – First cousins of the onion they are healthful and flavorful and only about 32 calories per cup.  Use raw in salads or cooked in the same manner you would onions.
  • Lentils – High in protein and soluble fiber, the two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels and help flatten stomachs.
  • Lettuce – Contrary to popular belief, lettuce is quite nutritious and extremely low in calories at about 10 per cup.  It has vitamin C and lots of fiber.
  • Melons – Good nutrition, great taste and low in calories.  62 calories or less per cup.  Lots of potassium and vitamins A and C.
  • Mustard – This condiment will speed up the metabolism, much like caffeine.  It is natural and totally safe to use frequently.  Testing has shown that the metabolism will speed up about 25% for several hours after ingesting a teaspoon of hot Asian mustard.
  • Oats – Only 110 calories per cup of oatmeal or oat bran.
  • Onions – One cup of raw onions has only 60 calories, a raw medium onion has only 42.  They taste good and are good for you.
  • Pasta (yes, really) – Rich in six minerals; manganese, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and zinc.  Whole wheat varieties are the best for you, with only 155 calories per cup.
  • Peppers and chilies – Act much the same as hot mustard and are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium.  They are high in fiber, fat-free and have only 24 calories per cup.
  • Potatoes – No, we’re not kidding.  About 0.6 calories per gram, 85 for a medium potato, they are high in fiber and potassium.  The toppings are the danger area.  Stay away from butter, sour cream and other high calorie and fat items.  Use yogurt or a vegetable ragout instead.
  • Rice – Whole grain rice has about 175 calories per cooked cup.  A “Rice Diet” promoted in the 1930s used rice as the staple of food intake, with a few other fruits and vegetables mixed in.  It produced stunning weight losses and medical results.  Avoid white, buffered rice and go for whole grain, brown or wild varieties.
  • Soups – Homemade vegetable soups are low in calories and are filling, thus they promote weight loss.  Cream soups or those using meat are not the best choices though.  Stick to vegetable soups made with natural stock.  Use lots of spices to give it great flavor.
  • Sweet Potatoes – With only about 110 calories per tuber, they are a great source of vitamin A. Flavor them with vegetable broth or a ragout instead of butter.
  • Tomatoes – Only about 25 calories for a medium tomato, they are high in fiber and low in fat and sodium.
  • Tofu – This soybean curd is nearly tasteless, so it may be spiced or used in cooking, where it blends well.  It is low in calories and contains calcium and iron.  Tofu stimulates the metabolism, causing a speedy burning of calories.
  • Turkey – Four ounces has only 177 calories for white meat and 211 for the dark.  Anything you can do with beef, you can do with turkey.
  • Yogurt – Non-fat, plain yogurt has only 120 calories per cup and is rich in calcium, zinc and riboflavin.
  • Citrus Fruits – Rich in vitamin C, citrus and other fruits that are high in vitamin C have fat burning properties.

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