To lose weight, you need a balanced diet and regular physical exercise. Adding fat burning foods to the mix increases your chances of success. Abdominal fat and cellulite will gradually disappear, and your figure will become slimmer.
We now introduce you to these five foods.
LEMON: THE DETOXIFIER
You've probably heard of the famous "lemon juice in warm water" to be drunk every morning before eating. This is because lemon helps detoxify your body, spurs the digestive system into action by preparing the liver and flushing out toxins. Rich in fibre, pectin and vitamin C, it also helps to restore your body's alkaline balance, which often becomes overly acidic when doing sports. It has antibacterial virtues and is satiating.
pH is a unit that measures the level of acidity in your body. In normal conditions of good health, your pH should be around 7, which is considered "pH neutral." Below 7 your body is considered "acidic," and above 7 is "alkaline" territory. Focus on the latter by eating alkaline foods...
Such as lemon! Really? Note that taste and function are not one and the same. Lemon is acidic to the taste but plays as alkaline in the body. You can use the PRAL index to compute its pH.
An intense physical exercise regime combined with an imbalanced diet will lower your pH and cause your body to become acidic. This can cause:
- weight problems and increased abdominal fat
- insomnia and bone problems due to a lack of calcium absorption
- skin problems: dry skin, or the opposite problem of very oily skin, and eczema.
Now you know why lemon plays an important part in your fat-burning diet.
The added extra: Make your own detox drink by adding pieces of lemon to your water bottle and drink it all day long.
AUBERGINE: ABSORBS FATS LIKE A SPONGE!
Saponin, a nutrient found in abundance in aubergine, helps food pass through the intestinal track, reduces the absorption of fat into the blood, and helps prevent cellulite. Purely from a health perspective, it helps prevent cardiovascular illnesses, and arterial hypertension in particular. With 18 kcal per 100 g, it helps you feel satiated, and is rich in antioxidants, potassium, and pectin.
Aubergine is your slim-down partner. So go ahead and enjoy it!
The added extra: It's easier to digest when cooked! Putting a bit of lemon juice on it helps it not to turn black (oxidise).
APPLE: FAT BURNING AND SATIATING
Why? Thanks to its pectin content. Pectin is a fibre, and fibre plays two major roles:
1. it helps you feel satiated or full, which reduces snacking between meals
2. it sustains the gut flora responsible for effective elimination when losing weight, and especially the elimination of fat.
By eating an apple, not only do you end up eating less, but your body also eliminates more fat.
The added extra: To provide your body with vitamins, mineral salts and the ideal amount of pectin, eat apples raw and with the peel. And it's even better with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top,which is also a fat killer as it hinders the transformation of sugar into fat.
PINEAPPLE: YOUR DIGESTIVE ASSISTANT TO BURN MORE FAT
Vitamin C, magnesium, bromelain, anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant nutrients... Pineapple's composition helps you lose weight and reduces cellulite (especially the pineapple stem). It also improves your digestion whether eaten raw or cooked..
It's the fat-burning fruit for a top-notch figure!
The added extra: Eat a carpaccio of rounds of pineapple with the stem, sprinkled with cinnamon or ginger. A fat-burning desert that is anti-oxidising and delicious!
OAT: RICH IN FIBRE AND PROTEINS, YOUR SLIMMING SECRET!
Rolled oats or oat bran—either is good. Oats are very rich in fibre, which helps you feel full, improves your digestive system, and eliminates excess fats.
Oats improve your intestinal comfort, and help deflate your belly.
In powder form, you can add it to your soups or salads.
The added extra: Make pancakes using rolled oats, which are rich in fibre and proteins, and add them to your breakfast instead of bread or white baguette. They'll keep you from snacking in the morning, and ensure you lose weight!
These slimming foods must be combined with a balanced diet of nutritious food and a regime of regular physical exercise to have the best chance of success.