Many people think the quickest way to get ripped is to hit the gym. Well that’s not true. Instead of hitting the gym, hit the grocery store and get that perfect figure. No, we don’t mean eat your way through everything and expect to get ripped.
Getting toned abs is a multi structured process. It requires you to eat healthy, exercise hard and sleep well too. Although the ab toning exercises remain the same, little is known about fat cutting and muscle making foods.
Here we have made it easy for you by compiling the 24 best metabolism-boosting food items we could find.
1. Make A Metabolism Tea
Tea is the best way to start your day. Not only is it best for relaxing your nerves but it speeds up your digestive system by eliminating food from your gut and speeding up your metabolism. Tea saves you from unnecessary cravings of salty and sugary foods and even helps give your immune system a much needed push. This mighty drink with low calories tops our list.
Ginger tea is great for your health and easy to make. Simply add half a teaspoon of grated ginger to your favourite cup of tea and reap its benefits.
2. Eat Honeydew, Pineapple And Papayas
Honeydew melon naturally causes diuresis that battles water retention, and pineapples and papayas contain protein enzymes that help digestive function and breakdown protein that cause bloating.
3. Spit Out The Gum
Chewing gum make you swallow tummy-bloating air and many gums also contain alcohols and man-made sweeteners like xylitol and sorbitol that can cause bloating.
When you have something to chomp on, go for an organic and natural variety instead. They’re still low on calories and they avoid those sweeteners that’ll cause you to bloat.
4. Eat A Banana
Bananas are filled with potassium, a mineral that helps control hydration and electrolyte balance to flatten your bloated stomach.
5. Avoid Certain Veggies
Despite the fact that vegetables are filled up with healthy nutrients, they are also contain devious belly-bloaters which may be adding to the tire around your belly. Some of which are artichokes, white onions, broccoli, corn, cauliflower, organic spinach, kale and button mushrooms.
6. Skip The Protein Bar
Protein bars are a no-no because many of contain proteins produced from soybeans- which is why some people find it a cause of unwanted gas.
Soy has sugar substances that your body can’t break down entirely and that’s why it’s implicated to be a bloater. These oligosaccharides go out to the colon, where they ferment, triggering bloating and gas.
7. Pile On The Cilantro
Cilatnro’s unique mixture of natural oils (linalool and geranyl acetate) relax intestinal muscles and lessen excess gastric motility.
A report released in the journal of Digestive Diseases and Research discovered that patients with IBS benefited from supplementing with coriander (also called cilantro) instead of a placebo.
8. Have Some Dark Chocolate
Chocolate that has a cacao content of 70% and above is actually beneficial for your health. Microbes in your gut convert the chocolate into anti-inflammatory compounds and help your body in healing itself. Dark chocolate also helps lose excess weight by decreasing belly bloat.
9. Eat Several Teeny-Tiny Meals
Small snacks and protein fibre filled little power foods are the easy way to lose weight fast. Following this regime will help keep your metabolism revved up and keep you away from the midday slump. Make sure you don’t miss breakfast because that is the biggest reason we reach for unhealthy sugary foods.
Use your smart phones and other technology to remind you that it’s time to have a power snacks. Nuts, fruits, salads or some pro-biotic yogurt are good snacks to eat throughout the day.
10. Eat Slowly So You Don’t Gulp Air
Going hungry isn’t the most healthy way to reduce weight. It causes your metabolism to slow down and pushes you to swallow down food too quickly. Eating food too quickly makes you swallow excess air which then leads to gas, bloating and burping.
Eating slowly has dual effects. Not only does it keep you away from unwanted excess air but also makes you feel full quicker and helps you eat smaller meals. So remember to chew well and swallow easily, this could help loosen up those pants in o time.
11. Skip The Straws
Straws are a big cause of sipping in excess air along with your drink. Drink straight from the glass and avoid fizzy drinks.
12. Swap Your Happy Hour Drink For Lemon Water
Water retention is the body’s way of saving up fluid so it doesn’t dehydrate. Beat the unwanted fluid retention by drinking adequate amount of water every day. 8-12 glasses per day is more than enough for most people and will help curb the excess bloating.
For best result squirt half a lemon in your glass of water. Lemon is a natural diuretic and helps clean out excess fat from your body.
13. Seriously, Only Drink Water or Tea
Fluids such as coffee and soda can cause excess water retention and gas. Not only do sodas have a lot of sugar content but even the diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners.
Coffee contains compounds that cause diuresis and this may excessively dehydrate you and cause your body to retain water later in anticipation of more dehydration.
14. Find Fiber; Lose White Flour
White flour containing products such as white pasta, white rice or white bread are low in fibre and may cause constipation-which then cause excessive bloating. Switch to whole grain and help your digestive system do its job.
15. Don’t Eat Anything Greasy
Greasy foods that are high in fat content can cause stomach upset. Saturated and trans fats are a big no no if you’re watching your cholesterol and your waistline.
Healthy oils such as olive oils and fish oils are healthy and should be used more frequently. These provide healthy fats that aid your body and are healthy for your heart.
16. Eat Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens are excellent soft diuretics that help battle excess water weight and bloating.
17. Take A Stroll
Take a hike. No seriously, walking is the best form of exercise. Try taking out half an hour of your day daily to walk around. Make sure your heartbeat increases to over 100 beats per minute. Aerobic exercises are easy and extremely healthy for your body.
Walking regularly helps keep your lungs and joints healthy and increases your stamina. It quickly reduces your waistline. It also helps with a backed up digestive system and helps you catch those zzz’s.
18. Sip On Ginger Tea
Spicy foods and chemical additive may cause inflammation in your gut and cause your tummy to swell up. Ginger is the best remedy for this predicament.
Ginger is known to ease stomach aches and prevents bloating.
19. Cut Out Dairy
Flavoured yogurt may contain extra additives and flavouring. Other dairy products may cause bloating because as we age we produce less of the enzyme required to digest dairy-lactase.
Try cutting out dairy for some time and see how your body responds.
20. Add Bacteria To Your Belly
Probiotic foods are the ultimate superfoods to helps with weight loss. Studies have shown that people who have excess body weight also contain bad bacteria in their digestive system.
Add 2-3 servings of kefir, bone broth or kombucha to fight of the bad bacteria.
21. Eat Dinner Early
Fasting isn’t the healthiest way to cut down excess weight but mini-fasting may be a good idea. At night time while we are sleeping, we’re naturally fasting and we can maximise its benefits by taking dinner early.
Make sure you have at least 12 hours between your dinner and breakfast. This will give your body time to recover and deflate. After 12 hours our digestive system produces powerful peristaltic waves that eliminate excess sludge from our digestive system.
22. Break Your Fast With Protein
Start your day with healthy proteins and eat your way to a slim waist line.
Most of us get sidetracked through the day, but a high-protein breakfast will prevent that evening energy crises that leave us reaching for sugary drinks, coffee or a high carbohydrate meal.
23. Take A Bath With Epsom Salt
Epsom salts are great at eliminating excess water from your body. Adding some to a relaxing bath will reduce the excess water weight you carry in a jiffy.
Make sure you only do this relaxing ritual not more than twice per week and add no more than 1 cup of epsom salt to your bath.
24. Hold Off On Any Alcohol
Alcohol can cause great damage to your liver and digestive system. It damages the normal floral growth in your gut and cause bloating.
Try avoiding alcohol, if you can’t, match one glass of alcohol with one of water.
Follow these tips and you’ll be losing weight in no time. Getting a healthy body requires a lot of effort and you need to watch what you put into your body. Make sure what you eat is healthy, low calorie and contains lots of fibre. Not only should you carefully check the food you’re eating but make sure the drinks you take are healthy and don’t contain gas. These tips will be your ultimate guide to getting your dream body.