You’ve probably heard that weight loss is a matter of increasing your activity level and decreasing your caloric intake, but it’s not quite that simple. Human bodies burn calories at different rates, according to each person’s individual metabolism. One way to rev up your metabolism is to consume “negative calorie” foods – foods that are low in calories but high in fiber and nutrients.
Here are some “negative calorie” foods that you can use as your own secret weapons to weight loss. They also prevent chronic disease, improve your eyesight, and support mental acuity.
1. Black Beans
One cup of black beans offers a whole 15 grams of protein. Unlike meat, however, beans contain no saturated fat.
Hummus is a great replacement for unhealthy snacks. Lather it on raw vegetables, spoon it on top of a salad, or use it instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich. It is high in protein and low in calories.
3. Leafy Greens
Greens such as kale, spinach, collards and others are the perfect weight loss food. They are low in calories and carbs, but rich in fiber. A healthy serving of greens increases the volume of your food intake without increasing calories.
Like all oily fish, salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as iodine to support your thyroid. A healthy thyroid function is essential to a healthy metabolism. Be aware that much of the fish in supermarkets is farmed, grown in a soup of toxic chemicals. Always buy fresh caught fish.
5. Cruciferous Vegetables
The cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and bok choy, are high in fiber and very filling. As a bonus, they are proven to fight cancer.
You know how important water is to your body. Vary your diet by cooking your favorite ingredients into a yummy soup. Studies have shown people feel more satiated and eat fewer calories when consuming soup rather than solid food.
Keep these secret weapons in your diet arsenal and eat them regularly. Add some healthy exercise and watch the fat melt away.