Who doesn’t want to lose weight without eating less?

It may seem like an impossible dream, but it’s a scientific fact that you can improve your efforts to lose weight by including certain popular foods in your diet. How does it work?

MANY PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH THEIR WEIGHT HAVE LOW LEVELS OF VITAMIN D. THIS VITAMIN (TECHNICALLY A HORMONE) IS MADE IN THE BODY WITH THE HELP OF SUNLIGHT. BUT WE CAN ALSO BOOST OUR VITAMIN D STATUS BY EATING FOODS THAT CONTAIN IT. THE BODY IS THEN BETTER ABLE TO BURN EXCESS FAT. VOILA! FAT BURNING FOODS!

A study in the Nutrition Journal found that obese women who were given a vitamin D supplement had lost fat mass at the end of 12 weeks. If you suspect you may have low levels of vitamin D, ask your health practitioner to test you.

And here are powerful fat-burning foods that work in your favour to boost vitamin D.

LOW FAT MILK AND YOGHURT

Milk — and associated dairy products — packs a stack of nutrition in a cheap and convenient container. Here’s what you get (as well as vitamin D):

  • high quality protein
  • low GI carbs
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B12
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • phosphorus

The downside? Full cream milk also contains a generous quantity of saturated fat. However, low fat milk (and dairy) contains all the benefits with a fraction of the fat.

Yoghurt is basically fermented milk. This makes it rich in enzymes and other live microorganisms that have a wide array of health benefits. Look for yoghurts that list Lactobacillus acidophilus on the label. These live cultures will make your smoothies even more good for you.

EGGS

The humble egg comes pretty close to providing most of our required nutrients. The white is nearly all protein and the yolk contains numerous vitamins and minerals.

If you have a cholesterol problem, have no more than 4 per week. Otherwise, it’s fine to eat eggs every day. Just make sure you don’t add unwanted calories by scrambling them in butter, drowning them in Hollandaise sauce or stuffing your omelette with cheese.

COLD WATER FISH

You most likely know that fish in general is a high protein, low calorie food that provides a range of health benefits. You probably also know that cold water fish, such as mackerel, sardines, kippers, trout, tuna and salmon, contain valuable concentrations of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. You might not have known that they are good sources of vitamin D as well.

Enjoy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon for breakfast, or a Greek salad bruschetta with sardines for lunch, or some baked fish for dinner to increase your intake of the vital weight loss food.

BEEF

Red meat makes a valuable contribution to a healthy diet. Lean cuts provide all the protein benefits with little saturated fat.

Red meat contains our best sources of iron and zinc, and beef (and veal) also contain vitamin D. Lean grass-fed beef is the most nutritious of all as it contains higher concentrations of omega-3 fats than grain-fed beef.

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