‘Tis the season…of comforting fall foods. But guess what? Turning to your favorite comfort foods as the weather gets colder doesn’t necessarily mean drowning yourself in excessive amounts of sugars and saturated fats and gaining lots of weight.
Here are some fall foods that can actually help you BURN fat…
Could taming your appetite be as easy as drinking an extra glass or two of water? Science says yes! In one August 2010 study, people who drank two glasses of water before a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories at the meal than those who didn’t drink water. Love that H2O!
Apples of all varieties and types help suppress hunger for a number of reasons. First, apples are filled with soluble fiber and pectin, which help you feel full. Apples also regulate your glucose and boost your energy level. Finally, apples require lots of chewing time, which helps slow you down and gives your body more time to realize that you’re no longer hungry. Plus, they just taste good!
Just a handful of almonds is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium. Almonds have also been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight management, according to a study presented at The 2006 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting. So what are you waiting for? Nosh on almonds for your next healthy snack!
Full of fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados suppress appetite when eaten in moderation. In fact, the fats in these little guys send signals to your brain that tell your stomach that it’s full!
5. Dark Chocolate
Love chocolate but have no self control with it? Try slowly savoring a piece or two of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa the next time you crave it. Just a little dark chocolate helps to lower your cravings because the bitter taste signals the body to decrease your appetite. Not to mention that the steric acid in dark chocolate helps slow digestion to help you feel fuller longer. If dark chocolate is too bitter for you, try having a piece with a cup of black coffee—it’ll bring out the sweetness!
Beans can fill you up quite quickly and about a cup is enough to leave you full for a long period of time. The fiber also helps to keep you full which beans have in abundance. The fiber in beans contains a digestive hormone which works to reduce your appetite.
7. Cayenne Pepper
This spice has been shown to reduce appetite and due to its heat, it can help you burn calories when you eat it. This makes it a great spice to add to foods to reduce your overall appetite.
The protein in eggs is an excellent source of appetite suppression. The lean protein in eggs can keep you full for a long period. Protein is one of the leaders when it comes to appetite suppression as it keeps you feeling full longer. Eggs for breakfast can control the appetite through the morning hours.
Celery is a low density food and this humble vegetable can actually control your appetite. It only has 8 calories per stick but it takes a lot of chewing to digest it. You get more bite per calorie and it feels like you are eating more when you aren’t.
As part of your lunch or dinner, enjoy a cup low-calorie soup. On average, you’ll eat about 134 calories less at each meal, and save a total of 684 calories for the day.