Food that helps you lose weight

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Believe it or not, but there is food, that helps us lose weight. It’s called thermogenic food. Thermogenesis is a heat production process in our body. As a significant component of the metabolic rate, thermogenesis can potentially be stimulated to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation. Thermogenic foods are low in calories but require a significant amount of energy to be digested.

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Let’s look in to those foods:

– Green tea

– Water – especially iced water

– Apple, pear, apricot, peach

– Hot peppers: chili, cayenne, jalapeño

– Berries

– Broccoli, cabbage

– Leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, kale)

– Ginger

– Protein foods ( your body burns about 30% of consumed calories to digest protein. For example you had a 400 cal steak, your body will burn 120 cal to digest it)

– Low-fat dairy products

– Lentils

– Mustard

– Vinegar

– Cinnamon

– Coconut oil

– Celery

– Lemon

Saw this food comparison: 3 cups Broccoli = 3 french fries = 7 jellybeans = 7 cups of mushrooms = 1 marshmallow= 14 cups of lettuce

(At http://www.empowher.com/community/share/top-ten-thermogenic-foodsburn-calories-while-you-eat-these)

So next time I think of having french fries, I ask myself if it’s really worth it…

Although those foods help burn fat, it doesn’t mean that I can eat as much as I want. Too much is never healthy. With that in mind, I add those foods to my daily meals and enjoy the results!

Internet sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermogenesis

http://www.empowher.com/community/share/top-ten-thermogenic-foodsburn-calories-while-you-eat-these

http://www.empowher.com/community/share/top-ten-thermogenic-foodsburn-calories-while-you-eat-these

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