Is losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions? What you eat does make a difference, especially when combined with exercise. Adding fat-burning foods to your diet that boost your metabolism and help your body find balance will aid your weight loss goals so that you can achieve the best results. Try eating the following foods more frequently:
Quinoa: this supergrain provides long-lasting energy and prevents bloating by feeding off the good bacteria naturally present in the gut.
Coconut and palm oil: while coconut oil has many health benefits on its own, when mixed with palm oil it is extremely beneficial for the metabolism. “Consuming blended coconut and palm kernel oil has been shown to increase both energy expenditure and fat metabolism,” says clinical nutritionist Laura W. Lagano.
Salmon: one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is also low-glycemic, which fights fat storage. William Sears, author of The Omega-3 Effect, emphasises the importance of omega-3 fatty acids: “The key to staying lean is the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids,” he says. “And the fats in salmon are satisfying, making it difficult to overeat.”
Hemp seeds: these tiny seeds contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which is proven to boost the metabolism.
Kale: an alkaline food, kale has a high fibre content which helps prevent insulin spikes by slowing the release of glucose. “It’s also packed with energising iron and magnesium, which helps reduce stress hormones in the body,” adds nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson.
Walnuts: like salmon, walnuts have a high omega-3 fatty acid content. This activates fat burning by altering the body’s insulin-resistance.
Green tea: this herbal brew boosts the metabolism for multiple hours at a time by helping the thyroid function properly.
Brown rice: high in chromium, this natural whole grain promotes the regulation of blood sugar levels. In doing so, it minimises fat storage.
Olive oil: swap out butter for olive oil to enhance your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, olive oil promotes brain, gut and organ health and moderates appetite.