Top 5 Winter Foods for Weight Loss

Top 5 Winter Foods for Weight Loss

Top 5 Winter Foods for Weight Loss

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The typical weight loss foods of celery sticks and lettuce aren’t as appealing once the temperature drops. But you don’t need to put your weight loss efforts on hold until Spring, in fact, some there are great winter foods which help speed up your metabolism boosting your weight loss during the colder months.

1)      Garlic – this potent little food not only protects you from all sorts of nasty cold causing and tummy upsetting bugs, it is also thought to prevent weight gain and even make you lose weight. Animals fed garlic in conjunction with a high fat diet had a higher body temperature, which means that their body was burning more calories, resulting in less fat deposits and a reduction in body weight.

How to use:
Finely chop fresh garlic and leave for 5 minutes before using in cooking. This allows the enzymes to activate the therapeutic compounds making it much more effective.

2)      Ginger – another food with a big nutritional bang for its buck, ginger increases the number of calories you burn and reduces hunger. When overweight men were given ginger tea to drink with their breakfast, their metabolism increased and they reported feeling greater fullness and less hunger.

How to use:
Grate a teaspoon of fresh ginger into a cup. Cover with hot (but not still boiling) water, cover and let brew for 5 minutes.

3)      Kale and watercress (and broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage)
The Brassica family of vegetables contain a chemical known as I3C – or indole 3 carbinol. Already well known to protect us against many cancers, research is now starting to uncover its affect on weight loss as well. Animals given I3C were protected against weight gain when they were fed a high fat diet. It is thought that the compound increased the calories that animals burned and slowed down the production of their body fat.

How to use:
I3C first needs to be activated by chopping or chewing. The active compounds will leech out into cooking water and are ruined by high heat so to get the most out of these vegetables, chop and eat them raw, add to green smoothies or lightly steam or stirfry.

4)      Pomegranate
Tricky to get into and prone to squirting you in the face, pomegranates are well worth the effort involved in eating them. Another super food which has excited scientists researching cancer, pomegranate also shows promise at slowing down or preventing weight gain. Obese people who received 120ml of pomegranate juice every day for a month gained less weight than those who received a placebo drink instead.

How to use:
Buy bottled juice and drink first thing on an empty stomach, or add the seeds to salads, smoothies, yoghurt or eat straight up.

5)      Grapefruit
Grapefruit diets have a faddish reputation but the reality is that eating half a grapefruit or drinking some fresh juice before each meal really does seem to encourage weight loss. After 12 weeks of eating grapefruit regularly, people lost 5 times as much weight as people who received apple juice or a placebo. Grapefruit has also been shown to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

How to use:
Eat half a ruby grapefruit or 100mls of juice three times a day before each meal. If you take any pharmaceutical medication, you need to check with your naturopath before eating grapefruit as it can change how your body metabolises certain drugs.

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