There are certain foods and drinks that can help boost your metabolism and burn more calories. Add these foods to your weight loss diet to get rid of your belly fat in less than 1 week without diet or exercise.
New Delhi: If you’re trying to shed some pounds and slim down your waistline, you probably already know the link between metabolism and weight. In fact, your metabolism seems to hold the secret to a successful weight loss. It is claimed that having a high metabolism helps your body burns more calories and makes it easier to lose weight. Having a fast metabolism may also boost your energy levels and make you feel better. However, a slower one can work against you, perhaps, it’s not unusual to hear dieters blame their belly bulge on a slow metabolism.
Essentially, metabolism refers to all the chemical processes that occur inside your body in order to maintain life. The good thing is that there are certain foods and drinks that can help boost your metabolism and burn more calories. To help you get started or reach your weight loss goals fast (in less than 1 week) without having to exercise or following a calorie-restricted diet, Nutritionist Janvi Chitalia suggests some of the best foods you can include in your daily diet when trying to lose or maintain weight.
Foods to put on your plate to help boost your metabolism for optimal weight loss
Switch over to complex carbohydrates: Replace starchy grains such as white pasta, rice, noodles with complex carbohydrates like buckwheat, jowar, bajra, foxtail millet (ragi or nachni), amaranth, quinoa, brown rice, red rice, etc, to have sustained release of blood sugar levels and reduce the chances of fat storage due to insulin and glucose spike which correlated with high sugar foods. It is important to add various grains to your weekly menu plan to get the benefits of each grain. For instance, nachni is good source of calcium, whereas, bajra is good source of iron.
More protein: Eating more protein has been shown to increase meatbolism and rev up your calorie burn, which is linked to losing fat. Taking enough protein helps you feel fuller, thereby resulting in lower consumption of carbohydrates. Protein also promotes satiety, keeps up the metabolic rate as well as prevents muscle loss.
Protein sources include – eggs, chicken, fish, yoghurt, dairy, paneer, etc. Vegan sources of protein are almond milk, coconut milk, mushrooms, oats, pea protein, soya, tofu, edamame, beans, etc.
Omega-3 fat acids: Omega 3 fats are thermogenic in nature and increase metabolism, thereby aiding fat burning. They contain several health benefits such as improved blood circulation, lower inflammation.
Fish sources of omega 3s are – sardines (padwa), mackerel (surmai), salmon (rawas), etc. Vegetarian sources of omega 3s are – flaxseed, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, etc.
Fibre: Consuming 3-4 servings of low sugar fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to keep your belly fuller, healthier. Perhaps, a diet high in fibre may be the best way to lose weight. This also adds to the energy levels and facilitates fat loss.
High-fibre fruits include apple, pear, guava, papaya, orange, mosambi (sweet lime), strawberry, pomegranate, kiwi, berries, etc. Vegetable: Green leafy vegetables, salad leaves, and many other vegetables.
Water: The key to fat loss that most people forget lies in hydrating well. Due to dehydration or often ignoring the need to drink water, many dieters mistake it as a signal to eat food. It is important to remember that a dehydrated body cannot lose weight or gain muscle.
Recommendations for daily fluid intake vary depending on individual needs and circumstances, including activity and climate. However, average water intake or adults aged 19 to 30 years is 3.7 liters per day for men and 2.7 liters for women.
Tip: To increase your water intake, infuse water with mint, lemon, shredded ginger, fruits like apple, strawberry, pear, cucumbers. Increasing intake of liquid in form of skimmed buttermilk, coconut water, lime water, green teas is another good option
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.