Hoodia Gordonii, Gogi berries, Acai, oh my! It seems like the food world is awash in trendy, exotic, expensive foods that all reportedly help you effortlessly shed pounds…somehow. So in an effort to make the food landscape more navigable, I have found five nice, normal, delicious foods that have been scientifically proven to help you lose weight.
Foods to Help You Lose Weight:
- Blueberries: This super-fruit have widely been heralded for it’s magical antioxidant powers, but blueberries are also high in anthocyanin. This specific antioxidant has been proven to alter our metabolism and fat cells, ultimately making it harder for someone to put on weight. Basically, blueberries are like a fruity fat-shield for your body.
- Green tea: Drinking green tea, or consuming green tea extract, has been proven to increased metabolism and fat oxidation. While the increase in metabolism is small (4% a day), it adds up to around 400 extra calories being burned a week! Just don’t put sugar in your tea. That would defeat the purpose.
- Sweet potatoes: Scientifically speaking, sweet potatoes contain carotenoids, which increases levels of adiponectin in the body, helping you stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. Which, in normal-person terms, means that this root vegetable helps you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which discourages belly fat.
- Grapefruit: This fruit has gotten a bad reputation through ’80s fad diets, but in reality it is one of the greatest fruits out there to help you lose weight. A recent study has shown that eating half a grapefruit before every meal drastically increases the amount of weight lost, compared to people who did not eat grapefruit before their meals. This is because grapefruit helps lower insulin levels at mealtimes, causing the body to use the food as energy, instead of storing it as fat.
- Stone fruits: Nectarines, plums, peaches, and cherries are considered “stone fruits” or “drupes” contain phenolic compounds that have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties.