Even though Summer is now in full swing, it’s never too late to drop a few pounds before you head to the beach for one last romp in the sand.
Poolside vanity aside, if you’re already in a good groove with exercise, adding a few foods to your regular diet can be the easiest way to get to your goal weight. Just by adding a few foods to your regular diet, you’ll look better, feel better, and introduce healthy new habits to your everyday life.
Read on for five foods that can help you lose weight!
One of the best parts about green tea is that it’s available in any major supermarket (you don’t need to pick it yourself!). We’re talking about straight brewed, unsweetened green tea – not your favorite milk tea from your local boba shop.
Green tea has been called the healthiest drink on the planet. It’s filled with antioxidants, gives you a little boost of caffeine, and has been proven to increase fat burn during exercise.
Before you reach for that sugar-filled soda at home, try out a cup of green tea instead. Your body will thank you!
Especially when compared to sour cream, calorie-filled spinach and artichoke dip, and other tailgate favorites you find with a giant bag of Tostitos, hummus is a delicious, protein-packed dip that adds flavor and fiber to your favorite snacks and vegetables.
Made with garbanzo beans, hummus can help you feel more full with its slow-digesting carbs, fiber, and protein. In fact, a study found that people who eat hummus have eight percent smaller waists compared to people who don’t eat the dip and have healthier diets overall.
If you’re looking for something to make eating raw vegetables a little more fun, healthy hummus can help get you there.
If you’re fighting the good fight against a growing waistline, avocados might be just what you’re looking for. The creamy, good fat-filled fruit has been proven to reduce belly fat, lower bad cholesterol, while improving physical activity like a pre-workout snack.
Whether you eat it as a standalone or in a healthy guacamole, there are endless reasons to make avocados a staple of your diet.
If you’re still eating egg whites like a hipster from the early 2000s to watch your cholesterol, it’s time to change your ways. According to the Harvard University Gazette, researchers found that eating an egg a day did not raise cholesterol levels.
Whole eggs are rich in vitamins, packed with protein to keep you full, while being low in calories and price for all the benefits they provide.
A recent study found that capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their kick, may stimulate calorie burning and transform white fat to brown fat.
What’s the big deal with brown fat? The more brown fat you have, the more calories you burn.
Once activated, brown fat can burn up to 300 calories in 24 hours. Studies have also shown that brown fat may improve insulin sensitivity and control blood sugar – lowering the risk for diabetes and obesity.
If you love a little heat with your meal, keep it coming! Your waistline will thank you later.