PGDPPHC, MD (AM), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Alternative Medicine Specialist
With reduced physical activity & less time to exercise these days, gaining weight is becoming inevitable lifestyle problem. It does not need to be mentioned how being overweight makes us prone to a gamut of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and much more. How about some simple foods from your kitchen which can help you burn fat? We bring to you below the 5 such foods which you should try to consume if you want to lose the extra flab.
Cinnamon can give a boost to metabolism by 20%. If you are consuming more food than required, your body gets excess sugar, the liver will converts this sugar into fatty acids or fat. Cinnamon helps to break down sugar for absorption into the body as energy and fastens up the sugar metabolism which may result in less fatty acids production for the body to store. Cinnamon can also help stabilize blood-sugar levels.
Cinnamon can be added to smoothies, yogurt, sprinkled on breakfast cereals or in coffee for added sweetness without many additional calories.
An egg provides about 85 calories but is a powerhouse protein, zinc, iron and vitamins A, D, E, and B12. Eggs help you stay full for a long time and keep up the metabolism high as compared to cereals. An omelet or a vegetable sandwich topped with hard-boiled egg and scrambled egg are all great options to start your day with a sumptuous breakfast.
Please do understand that eating mustard will not make you achieve your weight loss goals, but adding mustard to a diet that is already full of healthy, low-calorie and low-fat foods can give your metabolism an extra fat burning boost. Just one teaspoon of mustard seeds can help you to burn 20-25% more calories almost instantly,
Also, it has to be kept in mind that spicy foods can cause or aggravate some conditions as acid reflux, GERD, gastritis or ulcers. Please consult your doctor before consuming spicy mustard if you have any of these conditions.
Ginger, one of the most used flavorsome root contains acids that stimulate gastric enzymes that can boost your metabolism significantly .Ginger has appetite suppressant properties , so is ideal for weight watchers or for those in whom food cravings make all the dieting efforts fail. Ginger has also cholesterol lowering properties.
One medium sized tomato has only about 20-30 calories but is a storehouse of nutrients, like Iron, Magnesium, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, Lycopene, and Phosphorus.Tomatoes are one of the best foods to give quantity to a meal, provide fullness and satiety afterward.