You tried cutting your portions. First you cut them by a quarter, then by a third, and finally by a half, but you still couldn't control your weight. Every time you scaled down your portions, your metabolism slowed to match them, resulting in even more weight gain, as well as hunger, fatigue, and irritation.
You don't have to make yourself miserable to lose weight. As long as you familiarize yourself with some of nature's fat-busting foods, you can eat reasonable portions, boost your metabolism, and shed the excess weight.
1. Whole Grains
Processed grains don't take much energy to digest, and they also contain a lot of sugars, so they'll slow your metabolism and make you gain weight. In contrast, when you eat whole grains with a dense fiber content, like oatmeal, quinoa, or brown rice, your body will burn more calories to digest them. Stick to the whole grains to achieve a skinny figure.
Remember that if you choose to eat oatmeal, you should avoid the sugary variety. Opt for steel-cut oatmeal, and put cinnamon and berries in it if you need a little sweetness.
2. Lean Protein
It takes a lot of energy to digest meat. When you eat lean meat like turkey, chicken, or fish, you burn about a third of the food's calories as you digest it. This means that you can eat more food without packing on the extra pounds.
Eggs also count as a lean protein, but they have the added benefit of containing vitamin B12, which helps your body metabolize fat. You'll burn fat more quickly if you have eggs for breakfast every day, instead of bagels or sugary smoothies.
3. Olive Oil
Fats often have a bad reputation in the dieting world. Many people mistakenly believe that eating fat will make them fat, so they try to cut all fats from their diet. However, some fats are healthy for you and can keep your appetite and your cholesterol levels in check, making it easier for you to lose weight.
Olive oil, for example, contains high amounts of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) that lower your risk of heart disease. Experts have found that MUFAS may also benefit insulin levels, which is especially helpful for those with type 2 diabetes.
Just make sure to steer clear of hydrogenated oils with trans fats, as these oils increase cholesterol levels rather than decrease it.
4. Green Vegetables
You might not especially enjoy vegetables, but they contain a myriad of nutrients that will help you burn fat. They also have fewer calories than foods in every other food group, which means you can eat more of them to stay full.
Stick to dark green vegetables such broccoli, spinach, arugula, or romaine lettuce, as these are packed with helpful vitamins and minerals.
Like olive oil, avocados contain a lot of helpful fats. And like many of the other foods on this list, avocados give you an excellent source of fiber, so you can burn fat effectively.
Keep in mind that avocados are high in calories, albeit healthy ones. So eat them in moderation.
6. Spicy Peppers
Cayenne, habanero, jalapeno, and Cyrano peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin, which heats your body. The higher your body temperature, the more calories it burns.
You can eat raw peppers if you have the spicy tolerance. But remember that you can also use them as a garnish in your food. Dried and cooked peppers also produce the same effects.
These handy legumes contain an important ingredient for a fast metabolism: iron. Without iron, your digestive system slows, leading to weight gain. Eat a cup of lentils or more every day to give your body a boost.
Berries like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries contain fiber, which requires a lot of energy to burn. The fiber will keep your digestive system in top shape, which is always a plus when you want to lose weight.
9. Green Tea
Green teas contain chemicals that temporarily boost your metabolism. Keep some around you in a thermos to preserve that boost throughout the day.
10. Low-Fat Dairy
These foods contain nutrients like vitamin D and calcium, which help you build strong muscles and bones. You'll have to have strong muscles and bones to have a fast metabolism.
Stick to low- or no-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese to reap these benefits.
If the foods above don't give you quite the fat-burning boost you wanted, you can consult with a weight-loss specialist about additional solutions. For example, you can add appetite suppressants to your diet. You can find natural, food-based ones, or you can talk to your specialist about more powerful, clinical ones. Both will help you feel fuller while the foods above help you burn calories. You won't have to feel hungry and miserable to reach a healthy weight.