Thursday, November 12, 2009

Foods that Combat Fat

Wow, I can't tell you how sorry I am for leaving this blog hanging for as long as I did. I promise I do think about it all the time, just never update. So please forgive me!

To start the winter season with some good motivation, I've found an
incredible article about
8 wonderful foods that help conquer fat!

*also, stay tuned for some wonderful winter recipes
that are tasty and HEALTHY!

Almond joy! Dieters who ate 3 ounces of these nuts every day reduced their weight and body-mass index by a solid 18 percent compared with an 11 percent drop in the no-nut group, a study in the International Journal of Obesity found. Almonds are high in alpha-linolenic acid, which can speed the metabolism of fats. Stick to 12 per serving.

Vitamin C–loaded fruit such as strawberries and raspberries can help you sizzle up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, suggests research from Arizona State University at Mesa. Blend a vinaigrette of 1 cup berries and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar.

Hello, yellow. The spice that gives mustard its color, turmeric, may slow the growth of fat tissues, a study in the journal Endocrinology notes. Eighty-six mayo in favor of any mustard; sprinkle turmeric on cauliflower and roast for a tangy side. (also learned from a previous post on foods and there colors)

Prevent pound creep with this citrus star: It contains fat-torching compounds called flavones. Women who ate the most flavones had a significantly lower increase in body fat over a 14-year period, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. Snack on slices or drink freshly squeezed OJ (with pulp!) for the biggest payback.

These green gems are rich in choline, a compound that blocks fat absorption and breaks down fatty deposits. Add ½ cup edamame to a salad.

Sweet Potatoes
Trade up to sweet taters. They’re high in fiber, which means no drastic insulin jumps and thus less fat packed onto your hips. Bake a small sweet potato—think of two bars of soap as a portion size—and top with a dollop of low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese.

Swiss cheese
Holy cow: “Calcium-rich foods reduce fat-producing enzymes and increase fat breakdown,” says Michael B. Zemel, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Put toe to toe with some of its cheesy counterparts, Swiss is a heavy hitter in the calcium department; layer a slice on a lunchtime sandwich or stack some on high-fiber crackers.

(these 8 foods and the information that has come with it was
found via SELF Magazine)


Caitlin and James said...

I am so glad that Swiss cheese is on this list! I love it and James thinks it's absolutely disgusting. Now I can tell him that it's good for me! Hooray! Thanks!

Nitin said...

this is a super post.. im saving this on word.. :D..

Ashley said...

I hate that almonds are so good for you. Really, such an easy thing to eat everyday.