Summer brings with the heat and also new weight loss goals. Most people hope to get rid their excess weight along with their extra layer of clothing post winter season. After all, we tend to grow far too comfortable hiding fat under the multiple layer of clothing we get used to wrapping ourselves with during the winter.
Luckily, the summer heat makes for a more conducive environment to burn fat, as our bodies metabolism increases naturally after the slump of hibernation that we put it through during the winter.
This season also brings in a whole set of foods that can further boost your metabolism, fortify your body with vital nutrients and help you get into shape faster:
The sweet tropical fruit is ideal for a smoothie or homemade juices or can even be had by itself. For a fruit so sweet, pineapple is surprisingly low in calories and high in fibre keeping you satiated longer. It contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain that typically aids in the digestion. Additionally, as an anti-inflammatory food pineapple can help reduce swelling, which results in a flatter belly.
Tomatoes also have the anti-inflammatory properties because of the effect of an antioxidant called lycopene, which it happens to be the richest source of. This also, in turn, helps control your leptin levels; a hormone that can reduce your cravings by controlling your appetite. They are also low in calories and are loaded with antioxidants that boost fat burning, especially when you workout.
With only 7 calories in a cup, spinach is almost calorie-free. Loaded with vitamin A, C, iron and folate and thylakoids. Studies have found thylakoids can curb cravings, resulting in weight loss. A study published in journal Appetite found that it can reduce cravings by up to a whopping 95%, which resulted in an incremental weight loss of around 45%. So go ahead and use spinach leaves wherever possible!
It may be sweet and juicy enough to trick your taste buds into believing that you’re indulging in some luscious dessert, while hardly costing you any calories in comparison to real desserts. That’s the beauty of having watermelons. They’re 92% water and can curb both dehydration and hunger at the same time.
Zucchini is one of the best alternative replacements for foods that are calorie-laden. One of the common high-calorie foods it replaces is pasta. Zucchini noodles or ‘zoodles’ as they call can cut back a few hundred calories, prevent your stomach from the bloating it could experience after having the pasta and won’t make you sluggish, like how a heavy dose of carbs in pasta would.
#6. Greek yoghurt
Here’s another healthy, but delicious swap you can make during the summer. Greek yoghurt can be used in salads instead of heavier, calorie-dense dressing, reducing the number of calories you consume drastically. A cup of yoghurt has 23 grams of protein, which also make it a very satiating choice of food that can make you feel fuller for longer.Greek yoghurt makes a great addition to smoothies, dips and desserts.
#7. Jalapeño Peppers
Spicy food tends to spike your metabolism result in weight loss. Studies suggest that we tend to eat lesser food on the whole if we eat something spicy as well. The act of consuming more Jalapeño Peppers itself can lead you into drinking more water, making you feel fuller reducing the amount we eat. Besides, Jalapeño Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which also associated with a drop-in weight.
Stack up on all types of berries; including the likes of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cherries. Not only are they a feast for your taste buds they have a low glycemic index along with their sweet disposition, results in lesser blood sugar spikes and controlled hunger pangs.
As a natural diuretic, papayas naturally contain a copious amount of plant fibre and water, antioxidants and very few calories, making this an ideal weight loss food. A cup of papaya contains only about 55 calories and 3 grams of fibre. They also possess a natural enzyme called papain, which leads to a faster transit of food through your gut, adding to their appeal as a weight loss food.