Hitting the gym regularly? Boost your daily workout with foods that actually boost your metabolism and actively aid your fat burn. Top nutritionist at lifestyle and fitness app Lifesum.com, Frida Harju, recommends adding these to your diet to get you on track to a stronger, more sculpted figure. Get set, go!
It’s already popular in LA, but now raw coconut vinegar has made it’s way over here. “It’s packed with amino acids and probiotics which increase energy,” says Frida. “Plus, it contains a monounsaturated fatty acid which has been known to increase metabolism, so you lose weight faster.” Use a teaspoon as salad dressing to really feel the effects.
“Cinnamon helps to reduce your blood sugar levels which store fat,” according to Frida. But before you get sprinkling you should know that it’s best to have it in the morning, to eliminate hunger pangs throughout the day. We suggest mixing ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon with some warmed quinoa porridge for the perfect superfood breakfast.
Swap out fizzy drinks for pomegranate juice, because the benefits are incredible. “Pomegranate juice is high in punicalagins,” says Frida. “Which is a substance that slows down your carbohydrate uptake, and can help get rid of fat.” Er, we’re in!
‘Wormwood is a herb that’s often used to improve digestion,’ says Frida. And it’s been shown to increase absorption of nutrients in food, that may help to break down fat quicker.Add some peppermint leaves to taste.
It’s often called the ‘queen of spices’ for its amazing anti-inflammatory properties – both for your skin and body. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric – which helps to fight insulin resistance to keep you from retaining extra fat. For a quick an easy fat-burning boost drink turmeric milk (almond milk with a teaspoon of turmeric, ginger and honey) which also is said to ward off colds in winter.
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This vitamin-packed seaweed is loaded with amino acids and essential nutrients- and it’s been shown to suppress the digestion of fat in the gut by up to 75%. For a light dinner option whip up a tasty kelp noodle and vegetable stir fry and double your vitamin count.
By Emma Firth