Losing weight is one of the costly challenges facing a majority of overweight and obese Americans. It is estimated that over $30 billion is spent annually in the purchase of slimming products. Why spend so much when shopping in the grocery can save your budget? Studies have shown that several foods can boost your metabolism and help you shed off some extra pounds. Here are some foods you should consider adding in your shopping cart to shed off the extra weight.
Eggs contain protein which helps you remain full for the better part of the day. In a multi center study of 30 overweight or obese women in US, it was observed that women who ate two scrambled eggs with two slices of bread every morning consumed lesser food for the next 36 hours. This was in comparison to others who had bagel breakfasts of equal calories from other food sources. Other studies show that eggs prevent an increase in blood sugar which heightens the craving for snacking.
Beans contain cholecystokinin, a hormone believed to be an appetite suppressant. In a research conducted at the University of California, it was observed that people who ate beans had more levels of this hormone in their systems compared to others who took rice and dry milk. Beans also have the ability to maintain an even blood sugar such that you won’t crave for a meal soon.
Eating large quantities of salad prior to your meals will often make you full and reduce the intake of high calorie foodstuffs. According to a publication in the Journal of American Dietetic Association, people who ate at least one salad a day had high levels of vitamin C and E, lycopene and carotenoids which are essential nutrients in fighting diseases.
Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant compound which increases the metabolism and fat burning rates. A recent Japanese study observed that people who took green tea boost their metabolisms, lost much weight, and had a notable decrease in the body mass index. This was in comparison with others who never took green tea in their diet plans.
Lean beef contain the amino acid leucine present in proteins such as dairy products, meat, and fish. In a study conducted at the University of Illinois, women who ate about 10 ounces (1,700 calories) of lean beef daily lost more weight compared with a control group who ate the same amount of calories from other sources. It was also observed that they got less hunger pangs, lower muscle mass and lost much body fat.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat essential for burning calories in an attempt to shed off the extra pounds in your mid life. In Australian study, some postmenopausal women who took their breakfasts containing olive oil increased their metabolic levels significantly compared to a control group who didn’t.
Sprinkled in an oat meal or bread, cinnamon will eliminate food cravings. In a US study at the Department of Agriculture, cinnamon was observed to prevent a rise in levels of insulin after meals which lead to hunger feelings. Another USDA study show that a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon every day lowers the blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
What else should you eat?
Try out pears which were recently recognized by FDA that they contain high fiber. Take some vinegar which contains acetic acid which slows down movement of food in the small intestines making you full for a longer duration. Other groceries to help in weight loss include hot red pepper, high fiber cereals, nuts, and tofu.