We share our top foods/beverages that will naturally enhance weight loss:
Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, also known as ‘good’ fats.
Other sources of omega-3 include; walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
These ‘good’ fats have been found to boost metabolism, and encourage weight loss. Interestingly omega-3 fats are thought to improve sensitivity to the hormone leptin, which is thought to also act as an appetite suppressant.
As leptin levels rise, metabolism increases and appetite diminishes.
On the other hand as the hormone leptin falls, metabolism decreases with appetite increasing.
According to research from Monash University in Australia, the hormone leptin may significantly increase thermogenesis which is thought to regulate the number of calories we burn.
Experts believe celery is another thermogenic food, meaning your body temperature may be raised, and as a result you burn more calories than usual.
Researchers report that both the time it takes for a person to eat celery and then to digest it burns the same number of calories as naturally contained in celery itself.
In addition as well as being low in calories, celery is both high in fibre and water content which makes you feel full very quickly.
The celery also has diuretic properties which encourage the flow of urine out of the body prompting an increase in metabolism, and consequently the break down of fat cells.
Much to the delight of dieters, research reveals the consumption of dark chocolate could actually promote weight loss.
Scientists report that this exciting discovery is thought to be due to chocolate’s effects on stress hormones.
When the stress hormone cortisol spikes, it encourages the conversion of blood sugar into fat for long term storage.
Appetite may also be increased – so managing stress levels may allow for better control of what goes into the mouth by preventing emotional eating.
The consumption of even a small amount of dark chocolate is thought to increase levels of the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin, consequently helping to alleviate feelings of stress and boosting mood.
Participants in one study who consumed a small amount of dark chocolate daily were shown to have reduced levels of cortisol.
Green tea has many health benefits, the tea is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants, and contains the amino acid L-theanine which is thought to help increase calmness.
In addition, researchers report green tea may enhance weight loss by increasing metabolism. Powerful antioxidants known as catechins found in green tea are what experts believe boosts the metabolic rate.
Interestingly, experts have found green tea catechins work particularly well to reduce fat around the abdominal area.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found people who drank green tea whilst also exercising regularly burned more calories than those who just exercised and didn’t consume any green tea.