Today is the start of “Waistline Wednesday” where each Wednesday of this month we will be bringing you tips and information with facts you may have not known about foods and also how to better your lifestyle. I wanted to focus on a few foods that have become a staple in my diet and Fox News actually just released an article on the best fat-burning foods to boost weight loss with coconut oil being one of them!
Some of these foods I wouldn’t have thought to touch years ago and didn’t have a clue what the benefits of coconut oil are, but through research and learning to incorporate these healthy fats and foods into my weekly meals, I’m now hooked. Let’s take a look at the foods that Fox News recommends:
Coconut Oil – Considered a super food, this healthy fat is processed in the body differently than other oils. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which are used in the body directly as energy, instead of being stored as fat. For any recipe you’re making, simply replace butter or olive oil for coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio. These hearty spinach muffins, cacao truffles, and baked stuffed apples are delicious ways to use coconut oil.
Lemons – The Journal of the America College of Nutrition suggests that people with insufficient levels of vitamin C may have a harder time with weight loss. Individuals with normal levels oxidize 30% more fat during moderate exercise than those with low levels of vitamin C. Try Jen’s light lemon chicken salad which contains lemon in the marinade and could be added to the dressing as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar – The American Diabetes Foundation released a study which found that consuming apple cider vinegar before a meal with higher carbohydrates significantly increased insulin sensitivity, which in turn reduced insulin spikes that can lead to cravings. This recipe for Carolina pulled pork utilizes apple cider vinegar in the barbeque sauce if you’re looking to make a healthier option.
Fatty Fish – According to the article, salmon, herring, trout, and sardines are all high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which may help support weight loss while maintaining muscle mass. For a twist on salmon, these salmon burgers are a great dinner idea or try our traditional salmon salad.
There’s always ways to get creative with adding these foods and ingredients into your meals and the health benefits are well worth it. For more information on weight loss, be sure to take a look at my best fat burning cardio and essentials for clean eating. The full article from Fox News Health can be found here.