Are you tired of weight-loss regimes? Then you should simply fall asleep!
It may sound crazy, but it is true – there are foods that can help you fight fat even when you are fast asleep. I can bet you have never paid great attention to certain fast fat-destroyers.
Get aware of them now:
1. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits (oranges, bitter oranges, blood oranges, mandarin oranges, lemons, Ichang lemons, limes, key limes, Persian limes, Australian limes, grapefruits, pomelos, clementines, calamondins, oroblanco, rangpurs, sweet limettas, tangerines,
Taiwan tangerines, tangors, ugly fruits, yuzus, sudachis, and other ) are abundant in C vitamin, which naturally fires up your body’s fat burning capabilities. Citrus fruits are also high in fiber which helps push the fat out of your body once it’s been broken down.
A tip: Eat several citrus fruits of choice instead of your rich dinner.
Legumes are a significant source of proteins, dietary fiber, carbohydrates and micronutrients including folate, thiamin, manganese, magnesium and iron.
Proteins in legumes take longer time to be broken down in our bodies. Therefore, they require more calories to be burned.
Eating a bean broth or a bean salad for dinner can keep your metabolism going long into your sleeping hours. And you won’t get bored with them because legumes are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. They include lentils, split peas and a lot of good varieties of beans
A tip: Cooked black beans are a real blessing for your diet.
3. Whole grains
Grains, especially whole grains, are an essential part of a healthy diet. A whole grain is a cereal grain that contains the endosperm, germ and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm.
Whole grains help to keep insulin levels low while you sleep. Some whole grains (like quinoa) are considered complete proteins (containing all 8 essential amino acids), once thought to only come from animal proteins or a combination of plant-based foods.
All types of grains are good sources of complex carbohydrates and some key vitamins and minerals. Yet, whole grains (thanks to the fiber, germ and bran) are loaded with B vitamins, magnesium and other important nutrients.
A tip: Whole grain snacks like granola bars or a bowl of oatmeal are the best late-night snacks!
4. Dairy products
A dairy product or a milk product is food produced from the milk of mammals. Milk is rich in minerals and is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus. Milk and dairy products, specifically their calcium levels, can help stimulate fat cell breakdown.
Milk can also help to keep your blood sugar levels low because it contains complex carbohydrates.
A tip: When buying any dairy products, make sure you are buying organic low-fat ones.
The best thing about dietary changes, such as this one, is that they are easy to maintain. The more consistent with your diet you are, the better the result. By adding these four foods to your daily nutrition you can keep your metabolism blazing, even when you are asleep!
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Composition of Foods.