New arctic winds blowing your socks off with the cold and shorter, darker days have got you craving comfort food, right?
Let’s be honest, if you’re looking to lose fat, a double-sized portion of extra cheesy spag bol isn’t the best post-workout refuel. You all know healthy fuel means a balance of carbs, fats and proteins.
But on the other hand, the freezing weather means you’re not exactly craving a kale salad. So how can you reach a happy medium?
If you’re looking to slim down, cook with pounds-dropping ingredients like the ones below and you’ll satisfy those hankerings for a hearty meal while keeping on track with your weight-loss goals.
COLD WEATHER COMFORT FOODS FOR FAT LOSS:
7 OF THE BEST
1. Grass-fed beef
Grass-fed beef is leaner and has more healthy fatty acids than traditional beef. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids improve your mood and are linked to an increase in fat burning when combined with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.
Onions are low in calories, high in flavour, loaded with fibre, and add more volume to your meal to keep you full and satisfied. Onions are also high in quercetin, an antioxidant that studies suggest helps burn calories.
This fruit is high in water volume and low in calories, which makes it an ideal food if you’re trying to lose fat.
4. Kidney beans and chickpeas
Legumes like these are an excellent source of fibre and protein. As you might know, protein keeps your belly satisfied longer post-meal, and fibre fills you up.
This savoury spice might be your secret weight-loss weapon. According to a recent study, overweight participants who ate three grams of cumin in their yogurt twice a day for three months lost about four more pounds than the participants who ate plain yogurt.
Studies suggest that capsaicin, the component that gives chili peppers their heat, can in the fight against obesity by turning stored white fat into brown fat used for energy. Higher levels of brown fat improve insulin sensitivity and increase fat burning. And that spicy kick will help reduce your appetite.
When it comes to keeping your blood-sugar levels steady, cinnamon is super-helpful. Studies show that this spice helps to balance blood glucose after eating, which helps reduce hunger and cravings.