If you’re looking to lose weight, you are probably well aware of the need to reduce your caloric intake. However, lowering the number of calories you consume day in and day out may only be part of the equation. In addition, there are foods that can actually boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Five of these are the following:
- Fish: Containing omega-3 fatty acids, fish improves heart health without the addition of unhealthy fats found in other meats. In addition, as a protein-rich food, digesting it tends to take more calories than other foods, including fiber and fats. It also helps you feel more full, meaning you’ll be less likely to overeat.
- Eggs: Essentially concentrated protein, eggs are also a great food for helping to burn away the pounds. They lack the fat found in meat, and are therefore a great addition to a healthy breakfast. However, eat them in moderation since they are high in cholesterol.
- Whole grains: Rich in fiber, whole grains like oats help you feel full while also reducing levels of fat and cholesterol. Your body also burns more calories digesting whole grains than it does with processed foods. Oatmeal or brown rice are both great options for adding more whole grains to your diet.
- Milk: Milk provides calcium, vitamin D, and protein. These can preserve muscle which helps maintain your metabolism. When selecting milk and other dairy products, go for lower fat options, since they will usually have more in the way of useful nutrients that will help you burn away the pounds.
- Apples: Like whole grains, apples contain fiber, but they also have pectin and antioxidants. Pectin reacts with water in a way that limits the amount of fat your body absorbs. The antioxidants in apples can prevent metabolic syndrome and improve overall cardiovascular health.
Simply put, healthy fats, fiber, and protein all assist with burning fat while also helping you feel full and get the nutrients you need. However, sometimes a healthy diet is not enough to achieve a healthy way for a sustained period of time, in which case bariatric surgery may be an option for you. If you find that diet paired with regular physical activity isn’t yielding the results you’d like, contact the office of Malladi Bariatrics and Advanced Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malladi.