Nutrients for weight loss

By: Health Local Staff Jul 11, 2012
Nutrients for weight loss

Fast-track your weight loss by incorporating these nutrients into your daily diet.

Did you know that you can fast-track your weight loss by incorporating certain nutrients into your daily diet? The best part is that you can do this by getting these specific nutrients through foods and beverages instead of popping pills and an endless assortment of supplements.

5 Nutrients for Weight Loss

Also known as Epigallocatechin gallate, this antioxidant is not only helpful in lowering your risk of cancer and other disease, but it can also burn off stored fat by increasing thermogenesis, which basically means speeding up your body’s furnace so you burn fat faster. There is also evidence that suggests that EGCG stops the growth of new fat cells.  You can get your fat-burning EGCG best from green tea, where it’s combined with caffeine for maximum fat-burning. Green tea is available just about everywhere these days, making it easy to get and incorporate into your diet.

DHA, which is also known as Docosahexaenoic acid is one of the omega-3 fats that are found in fish, such as salmon. Endless research has found many health benefits from DHA, including its ability to stop the growth of new fat cells by causing them to die. While DHA supplements are available, you can incorporate it into your diet simply by eating more salmon and other oily fish.

Acetic Acid
An Italian study has found that by using vinegar in your salad that you can control your blood sugar after meals which help to keep your weight down. This is because of the acetic acid, which vinegar is a diluted form of. Use vinegars on salads or even veggies and potatoes, or look to apple cider vinegar to add to your teas or chocolate balsamic vinegar to add to a smoothie for easy ways to get this nutrient into your diet with ease.

Coffee and tea drinkers rejoice! Caffeine is used in weight loss supplements for a reason; it boosts your weight loss by breaking down a compound in the body that’s responsible for burning stored fat as energy. To get a good amount of caffeine to help you lose weight, don’t opt for a bigger cup of coffee, but instead choose a lighter roast as it contains more caffeine than darker roasts. For tea drinkers, black tea is the way to go for more caffeine.

Eating more lean meat, fish, poultry, soy, or dairy will go a long way in helping you lose weight. Lean protein from these sources not only make you feel full longer so that you don’t over eat, but it also contains amino acids that cause your body to release a hormone called glugaon. What this hormone does is help you to burn fat by keeping blood sugar levels in check. Getting more protein in your diet is easy thanks to the many lean meat and soy options available as well as products like cheese and yogurt which make easy snacks that are high in protein.

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