Are you trying to lose weight? With the holidays behind us we can take a closer look at the food we’re eating and how it affects our weight. The truth is we can’t continue to eat cookies and drink eggnog and hope to stay in the same dress size now can we? Did you know there are foods we can eat that actually burn the fat we want to lose? It’s true! Here is a list of the top 5 foods you can eat that will help you lose weight. If you do nothing else but add these to your diet, you will lose an average of 20 pounds in 13 weeks! Not bad … Oh! We added a recipe at the end to get you started as it contains 4 of the 5 foods on the list.
Avocado: Loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids (the same fats found in olive oil, olives, and macadamia nuts), avocados speed the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.
Coconut: Coconut is rich with medium chain triglycerides (MCFAs) which increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 percent, according to some experts. They also help keep you full so you’re less likely to snack on junk food. Coconut oil frequently aids the functioning of the thyroid gland. Coconut oil, coconut milk (not the low fat variety), coconut flour, and shredded (unsweetened) coconut all contain MCFAs.
Lemons: Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons also alkalize the body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize the bodily fluids and tissues. Maintaining the health of the liver is also imperative to the body’s ability to digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.
Grapefruit: Many studies confirm that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.
Tomatoes: Packed with vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene, tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid known as carnitine. Research has shown carnitine helps speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by one third.
We actually found a recipe that contains most of the ingredients on this list! Tell us what you think.
2 large grapefruits –
1 lime (zest and juice)
2 avocados- sliced
1 lemon (zest and juice)
Mixed baby greens
Kumquats – sliced very thin
Wisk together and set aside
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tbs lemon and lime juice (mixed together)
1 tps lemon and lime zest (mixed together)
Sea salt – To taste
Ground black pepper – To taste
Peel the grapefruit and separate the wedges. Remove the seeds and membranes to make grapefruit supremes. Cut avocado in half, remove pit and shell and cut into 1/2″ slices. Gently mix the avocado slices and grapefruit supremes together with half of the dressing. Place the mixed baby greens into a serving dish and add the rest of the dressing to coat. Top with the supreme/avocado mixture. Serve and enjoy!
Thanks to care2.com/greenliving