All foods are not created equally. Some trigger inflammation and fat storeage. Others turn on our body’s ability to release fat and store energy. One symptom of optimal health is when that energy storeage/fat burning mechanism is turned on and the store-extra-fat mechanism is turned off. If you want to do something very significant for your health and to make losing weight much easier, concentrate on foods that reduce inflammation. When you do that, your body’s cells will function better. When all systems are working optimally, you will experience more energy and your body will release excess fat.
Here are five foods that are associated with reducing inflammation in your body, thus promoting natural weight loss:
1. Asparagus According to a study at Stanford University, two compounds in asparagus, cyanidin and chlorophyll, stimulate detoxifying liver enzymes, which enhance the organ’s ability to break down stored fat. Here is more information about asparagus and weight loss.
2. Quinoa By replacing refined carbohydrates with this whole grain, it slows the release of glucose in the bloodstream. This causes the body to produce less of the fat-storing hormone insulin. In fact, according to a study, the simple carb swap is so effective that it helped subjects shed twice as much body fat!
3. Shrimp The combination of omega-3 fat and iodine in shrimp increases the body’s production of two powerful metabolism-boosting hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine. Shrimp can support weight loss especially when selected over foods that are higher in saturated fats such as commercially prepared meats.
4. Grapefruit The vitamin C in this fruit decreases the adrenal gland’s output of cortisol–the stress hormone that causes the body to store fat in the stomach. Remember the Grapefruit Diet? It may not be the panacea it was touted to be, but grapefruit does contain some fat-burning benefits so it is worth adding to your diet.
It is all about making choices. Selecting quinoa over white rice, asparagus over French fries, shrimp over a hamburger and grapefruit over sweetened can fruit can add up to a healthier, more slender you.
Losing weight and feeling much healthier can be easier than you think. Remember: everything counts. Even if you inch toward a healthier, leaner you, you can create significant change by moving consistantly in a new direction.
Rosie Bank is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She maintains a private practice with clients throughout the US. She is an Independent Associate with USANA Health Sciences*. Rosie provides bi-monthly free webinars entitled Feel Great Lose Weight, the Five Keys to Optimal Health and Permanent Weight Loss. For her newsletter, Healthy News You Can Use, go to www.rosiebank.com. Rosie teaches Nutrition for Life at the San Mateo Adult School. To contact Rosie about her webinars, health coaching and USANA products, call 650-573-7177 or email, email@example.com