We all know that eating a balanced diet is a vital part of maintaining a healthy weight. But there are a few little secret weapons that you can incorporate into your diet to help stop the build up of unhealthy fats in the body.
swiish has done the leg-work for you, so here are some of the best fat-fighting foods around. Start adding them into your diet, stat!
|Scientific studies have found that eating red capsicums raises your core temperature and speeds up metabolism. It also lowers your appetite so you’re not as likely to snack after having a meal with red capsicum in it. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin C to boot! So start adding some red capsicum to your stir-fries or salads, or dice it up and mix it through your pasta sauce.|
|Soya beans have the highest levels of lecithin naturally, which can be very useful in preventing an excess of bad fats and cholesterol in the body. Lecithin is needed to transport fats around the body and helps disperse unhealthy deposits of fat and cholesterol. Miso soup is an ultra-healthy way to ingest more soy, it’s got plenty of vitamins, is a good source of protein and fibre and very low in calories. It’s a perfect snack!|
|Cinnamon will increase your sugar metabolism for a period after you eat it, meaning that you burn up calories faster, inhibiting the amount of fat you store. Simply add a little cinnamon to some of the foods you eat – it adds flavour and helps your body burn up calories. We love to sprinkle it on top of fruit salad and a dollop of plain Greek yoghurt.|
|Not only does this healthy radish have plenty of fibre and vitamins, university studies have also found that it can help break up the fat inside your cells and aid in their dispersion. We recommend grating up horseradish and compacting it into little cakes to make healthy little horseradish rostis.|
|Just a tablespoon of flaxseed oil is enough to attract oil-soluble toxins that lodge themselves in the fatty tissues of the body and help flush them out. Make sure you don’t fry this oil, instead try adding it to salad dressings or taking a spoonful on its own once daily with meals.|
|We’ve raved before about the benefits of salmon – like here, here and here. It’s simply because there are so many health benefits to eating salmon regularly! It lowers leptin levels in the blood meaning that you’re more receptive to it, (leptin is the hormone that tells us we’re full, but if there’s too much leptin in the blood, our body starts to ignore it). Drizzle some olive oil over salmon fillets and bake them in the oven with a side of braised asparagus for an incredibly delicious and nutritious dinner – you don’t need to be a Masterchef to whip this up either!|
|Sometimes we will inevitably crave fatty foods, but there are options that will satisfy your cravings whilst reducing the amount of saturated fats you consume. Instead of spreading butter onto your morning toast trying smearing on some avocado instead. We like to squeeze a little lemon juice over ours and sprinkle with chilli flakes. Avocado and vegemite is surprisingly a yummy combo even though it might sound weird – it’s a favourite with some of the swiish team!|
|Almonds are considered one of the healthiest nuts, but it’s little known that they can help you dispel fat too. Although they do contain healthy omega-3 fats they also stimulate the lymph, which in turn helps your body remove unhealthy fatty acids from the body. Stimulating the lymphatic system also discourages cellulite deposits – woo hoo! Start snacking on raw almonds whenever you’re feeling peckish.|
|Oatmeal keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels stable which prevents fat storage, making porridge an ideal brekky! But go for whole oats, rather than instant porridge. Top it with a little honey, a few blueberries and a bit of grated lemon zest for optimum vitamins, fibre and flavour. Yum!|
|Earl Grey Tea|
|A soothing cuppa of earl grey tea can help keep the fat off in two ways; it contains a healthy amount of caffeine to help speed up your metabolism and burn calories faster. It also aids the digestion system and is calming for the intestines. So if you want to unwind in the afternoon, this little brew is the way to go.|