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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-06-29

Want To Burn Fat!! Give These Fat Burning Foods A Try!

Several months ago I received a copy of Good Housekeeping magazine in the mail. I found this very strange because I knew that I had not ordered it- if I was going to order a magazine it would be something more like People, US magazine or some tabloid trash that I adore. At first, I thought maybe it was a mistake and would have someone else's address on it, but it had my name and address. I still have not figured out this mystery but figure either one of me well intentioned friends or in-laws sent it in hopes I would become more of a homemaker (fat chance). The point of this is that I received another issue today and found this article that I loved and thought I would share with you. The article is about the top 7 super foods to eat to slim down faster. I'm always looking for help and thought these sounded great.

Super Foods To Rev Up Your Metabolism

**Tofu-is a good source of leucine-a friendly protein that helps you stay thin. Dietary leucine in tofu is an amino acid linked to maintaining muscle mass and reducing body fat during weight loss. I think that the extra firm tofu is the best so if you are new to tofu I would give this a shot first.

**Green Tea-has caffeine and catechins (plant nutrients) that might help raise your metabolic rate by up to 3.5 percent. So studies indicate that green tea may give you an increased metabolism, a positive effect on blood sugar and insulin regulation, and possibly the inhibiting of certain enzymes which are required for the processing of carbohydrates and fats. It is recommended to sip 32 ounces a day. I love green tea with a little Stevia-cold or hot!

**Lean Meats-are rich in protein, which takes more energy to digest than carbs or fats. Protein makes you feel satisfied too. (I'm a vegetarian but I refuse to be biased).

**Whole-Grain Cereal-complex carbs in the morning are a great way to fuel your body for the day ahead. I find that these also keep you fuller longer so you aren't apt to snack on unhealthy alternatives.

**Coffee-Caffeine speeds up your metabolism making it easier for us to burn more calories --- even while at rest, and coffee gives you more energy for a tougher workout that lasts longer, making it possible to burn more calories (if you exercise that is-I am still working on getting the exercise in).

**Low-Fat Dairy-it is packed with protein and helps build muscle and banish fat. Pls. keep in mind that due to all the bovine growth hormone in our dairy products I am not a big proponent of dairy unless it is organic and then I say proceed with some caution. Did you know that U.S. milk is banned in Europe because of the bgh hormone? Another scary food thought.

**Nuts-packed with protein and fiber, a handful (or entire jar a day in my case) at snack time keeps your body full. Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that my number one diet secret is NUTS. I love them and it is the only way I can stay thin. Long live nuts!

ref for this article from my mysteriously appearing Good Housekeeping April 2008.

18 comments:

Cascia said...
That sounds like some great tips from Good Housekeeping. I already include all those foods in my diet except for tofu. I still haven't figured out how to serve that to my family. Yes you are right the extra firm tofu is supposed to be the best. I think you can add it to salads but I don't know what else to do with it.
betchai said...
i love tofu, i use the extra soft for dessert and the extra firm for meals. i am glad to learn of these information since they are part of my diet, well, coffee is only in the weekends though.
Ailurophile said...
I especially love green tea. Thanks for another informative post. Your blog is such a treasure-trove of information for everybody looking for a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the good work and hope you have a great week :)
BeadedTail said...
It's easy to eat too many nuts isn't it? Or for me, I tend to like the less healthy ones such as cashews. I did put walnuts on my salad the other day and that was delicious! Anyway, great information Heidi!
jacqueline said...
My husband's probably been reading your articles because I'm now seeing almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and Brazil nuts all over the place. :-)
Ria said...
I hope we can just flick our fingers and *poof* gone are the fats!
Maria said...
I definitely have the coffee part in, but I am trying some new recies with tofu since I am a vegetarian also. Surprisingly, I've really started liking it
Chickenista said...
Thank you!! I'm always trying to lose weight. It seems since having four kids I just can't, ugh! I keep saying this isn't the body I'm soppose to have! LOL But I try to give the kids a healthier diet♥
Nina Bailey said...
haha, good find! I'd like to receive free magazines in the post :))
Tammy said...
I don't like tofu or green tea, but the rest sound good!
foongpc said...
Green tea and nuts - my favourites to rev up my metabolism! : )
Dori said...
It is amazing how time and time again green tea seems to come up as a really good thing to drink. Well, I'm glad because I love it (smile) And I'm glad you got that issue of Good Housekeeping :) Have a great rest of the week and weekend!
Dorothy L said...
Excellent tips...I also drink Lipton's Green Tea/diet. It has a booster of sorts in it also that pumps up the fat burners!
tikno said...
I like this way because burning fat naturally.
I think using chemical medicine for destroying fat is less good.

Thanks for sharing.
Coach Jenn said...
Great tips as always. I'll need to use some of these on my blog as well.
Maria said...
Wow, 30 days with no diet soda or chocolate! If you can do this, you are my idol!
Daphenne said...
I think we are definately in tune. I love tofu. It's so versitile. Unfortunately, it's a dirty word in our house. Though I can't drink green tea due to medication interaction, I mix the low-fat dairy with my coffee. I feel the same about nuts too. I've found to get around drinking pop, I'll buy unsweetened 100% fruit juice and mix it 1:1 with carbonated water. Not all the time though. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a big wimp too. Yet somehow I make it.

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