Foods that will help you get in shape
When it comes to weight loss and starting to get in shape, a lot has to do with eating the correct foods in moderation. These foods can decrease your appetite, increase your metabolism with thermogenic foods, ramp up your immune system, or help with a number of other health benefits. By supplementing these foods into your diet, you can increase your overall health and weight loss!
Eat up on these healthy foods
We believe diet is 75% of the equation when it comes to weight loss and staying healthy, it’s the foundation from which you build the rest of your lifestyle.
Start with a good diet, stick to it, and you will see great results! Below you will find 20 of the best foods (there are many others as well) to help you lose weight and stay healthy. You can’t go wrong with any of the food on the list, they are all superstars!
There are countless scientific studies out there that back all of this information plus demonstrate many more of their benefits.
20. Black Pepper
Of course, black pepper tastes good and stimulates our sense of taste, that’s why we use it so much, but this can lead to more salivating and an improvement in digestion.
Totally loaded with antioxidants, among the highest of any fruit (which makes sense, since it’s basically concentrated grapes) which gets them easily on this list, but they also can play a role in bone health (note: make sure they don’t have any additives like extra sugar).
This should definitely be in your diet. The amazing list of things that this stuff can do is incredible: lowers cholesterol, can defend against certain cancers, an anticoagulant against blood clots, and some recent studies have indicated that garlic can even help with weight control.
One of the best aspects of avocados is their omega-9 content which helps lower cholesterol and are great for the complexion and your hair.
These guys can help in a lot of things from cancer fighting (stomach and pancreatic) to helping allergy sufferers. Their sulfur content can help detoxify the body and liver as well!
Definitely the weirdest of the foods to make the list but it deserves its place. For one, it contains one of the biggest nutrient packs of all vegetables (ranked by the USDA) but it also improves liver function which can lead to a more efficient processing of fats.
Dandelions can be found in the fresh produce or organic section of your local grocer.
These guys rock. For one, they can reduce your appetite by making you feel more full and therefore decreases snacking throughout the day. Second, they are loaded with muscle-building protein (muscle burns more calories than fat).
To top it off, when combined with a proper diet they can help you lose weight due to an increase in your metabolism.
Next to broccoli, this is my favorite vegetable because it’s loaded with nutrients (vitamin K and C) for the little amount of calories consumed.
It also prevents cholesterol buildup in the arteries which of course is a massive plus; clean arteries mean less risk of heart attack or stroke.
This little seed (or in its powdered form) can offer many benefits besides being a great source of iron: helps in digestion, fights cancer cells, and can actually reduce or alleviate allergies.
11. Green Tea
The biggest thing green tea has going for it (besides its dirt cheap) is the amazing amount of antioxidants it contains and how it helps our immune system.
But it also can speed up our metabolism rate and fat oxidation and therefore help us lose weight.
First and foremost this little guy can aid in digestion which just makes our body more efficient as a whole. It’s been shown to improve circulation and actually help fight viral agents.
YUCK, right? Their liver cleansing properties make them an ultimate food to begin with, because a clean liver can function more efficiently and therefore process fats faster. Another great property of the artichoke is that it is loaded with fiber which as stated earlier has ton of positive health benefits.
Blackberries, Raspberries, Cranberries…etc. There are an amazing source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can have beneficial health effects throughout the body like reducing the risk of heart disease and repel toxins.
They basically have the same nutrition value whether frozen or fresh, so they make a perfect snack or dessert that you can supplement for some of your current fat loaded snacks.
7. Whey Protein
This is the best source of protein out there which can help build muscle mass but also lose unwanted weight. It’s helpful in weight control because it can satiate appetite by making you feel less hungry; if you need a snack, grab a whey protein shake.
Plus. it’s a highly important antioxidant and helps improve the function of the immune system.
Black, Red, Garbanzo…etc. These guys could maybe be considered the best source of fiber in the world, which has enormous health benefits like a lower risk of obesity and cancer. Because they are packed with so much slow digesting fiber they can also help regulating blood sugar which helps with weight gain.
Almonds, Brazil, Cashews, Hazel…etc. These wonderful foods can help prevent heart disease by having a ton or arginine which supports blood flow and artery strength. Likewise they are full of omega-3’s which can also help in defending against heart disease.
They can easily replace any unhealthy snacking habit you may have.
One of the greatest properties of cinnamon is that it can help increase the metabolism of sugars and therefore lower the total amount of glucose in the body! Another great property is that it can also help decrease muscle stiffness by helping relieve inflammation.
Not only does it have enormous cancer fighting powers, it also is packed with an amazing amount of fiber which can alleviate your appetite.
Broccoli also contains an abundance of sulfur which can help detoxify the body which helps increase the processing of fats, and contains a ton of other goodies (antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium…etc.).
This amazing spice can help alleviate inflammation (can help aid in reducing arthritis pain) and can be very beneficial for the liver which aids in fat processing.
Not only does it aid in fat processing in the liver, it can help reduce cholesterol and is a powerful antioxidant.
1. Cayenne Pepper
The active ingredient in these peppers, capsaicin, can actually cause your internal body temperature to rise and therefore can increase your metabolism and aid in good digestion.
These low calories fireballs can definitely ramp up the metabolism.