ISLAMABAD, Aug 20: Contrary to popular opinion, food is not the enemy when it comes to shedding pounds.
Experts say that instead of cutting down on what you eat, you should load up on fresh fruit and vegetables, and nuts and seeds which have fat-burning properties.
Eating these these nutrient-rich foods when trying to shed the pounds will eliminate hunger and speed your body’s fat-burning power.
It’s not just about salad: You should eat more nutrient rich foods to kickstart your weight loss
Fiona Kirk, nutritionist and author of Diet Secrets Uncovered told FEMAIL: ‘The more nutrient rich foods you eat, the slimmer you’ll get. You won’t feel hungry all the time either.’
‘If you want to lose weight you need to cut down on foods which have little nutritional value and consume more nutrient rich foods.’
Frida Harju, in-house nutritionist at the health app Lifesum told FEMAIL: ‘Foods that are rich in fibre and proteins can speed up your metabolism naturally, whilst avoiding carbohydrates and eating foods rich in fat, can put your body ‘in a fat burning state’.
Lentils (right) are full of fibre which help you feel full in-between meals. Avocado (left) will boost the rate of your metabolism but remember that sometimes it can contain as many as 400 calories
Here Frida reveals the 18 fat-burning foods you should incorporate into your diet if you are trying to lose weight and why you should be eating them.
You burn more calories digesting protein than carbohydrates. Chicken and turkey are great sources of lean healthy protein.
Coconut contains a number medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are not stored in the body but are instead broken down and used for energy production. In this way, although it is high in calories, it could aid in the weight loss process. Once again, it is important to note that it is wise to consume in small doses.
Milk: Calcium encourages your body to burn fat.
Soy: Protein and amino acids, a great muscle-building fat-burning bean
Water: Aim to drink up to TWO litres a day. If you could even try it for a week, you would see a difference which would hopefully motivate you to maintain it.
Opt for healthy fatty fish such as tuna and salmon as it increase the metabolism and triggers fullness.
The active ingredient catechin and the benefits of caffeine have been proven to speed up your metabolism for up to two hours after drinking.
Research has found that dieters who drank green tea lost more weight than dieters who did not.
This suggests that catechins may well increase your body’s production of heat or energy from digestion.
Further research shows that five cups of green tea can increase your metabolism by up to 90 calories a day.
Opt for fatty fish such as salmon (pictured) and pair with sesame seeds and quinoa for an additional boost
It is important to keep in mind that an avocado can contain as many as 400 calories, whilst a Mars bar has 230 calories.
Obviously an avocado has far more health benefits and it includes monosaturated fatty acids that are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat.
Yet if you are on a calorie-controlled diet, you must be sure to eat certain superfoods, like an avocado, in moderation.
It is best to limit yourself to one-quarter to one-half an avocado per day.