Summer Slim-down FoodsPosted: June 3, 2014
By Jessica Ann Dogert RD, LDN, CPT
Summer SLIM-DOWN Foods
With summer season in full swing, we all desire to control cravings, banish belly bulge and de-buff that gut of ours to look good in a swimsuit. LifeVest friends, start adding one or all of these scrumptious slim-down foods into your daily health routine.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Omega-3 Fat
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show may help control appetite, increase calorie burning and decrease the amount of fat your body stores.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: High water-content
Watermelon is 92% water. Research shows foods with high water-contentmay help you naturally eat significantly fewer calories per meal.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Soluble Fiber
This root-veggie is an excellent source of fiber. Belly-fillingfiber has the power to fill you up without filling you out. It also stabilizes blood sugar, which helps to control cravings and hunger after you eat.
Bonus: High soluble-fiber intake strikes a blow to belly fat.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: MUFA’S
A diet rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (a type of heart-healthy fat), prevents central abdominal fat. Plus, research shows avocado-eaters have a lower BMI and smaller waist circumference than non avocado-eaters.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes chronic fat storing around the belly section. Studies shows that stress can cause abdominal fat even in people who are otherwise thin.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: MCFA’s
Medium–chain fatty acids are easy for the body to digest; meaning the fat calories are utilized as a “quick” energy source without an insulin surge, allowing the body to burn fat. A recent study of participants in a weight loss program showed that those who consumed MCFA’s, such as the ones naturally found in coconut oil, lost more weight than those who consumed olive oil. Not all fat is bad; we need fat in order to live. However, even with the healthier types, it’s still important to be mindful of moderation.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Fermentation
Kombucha contains “beneficial” bacteria, also known as probiotics, which help keep your gut in check. Probiotics are shown to boost your immune system and keep you regular, while on the other hand, bad gut bacteria, research shows, may be linked to weight gain.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that aids in digestion and may help banish bloating. The more a food is broken down during the digestion process, the less bloating we feel, and the less bloat, the more bikini-body ready we feel.
Why it’s slim-down savvy: Gingerols
Research suggests ginger plays a critical role in weight management by enhancing thermogenesis and reducing feelings of hunger post ginger consumption. Any substance that stimulates the body’s resting metabolic rate raises body heat and burns calories, is called a thermogenic agent. Bonus: Ginger reduces stress, which can result in less emotional eating.
Jessica is an avocado-loving, green-smoothie-making registered dietitian who lives in the Chicago area. She has a passion for sharing nutrition expertise to inspire others to fuel up on real food and empower their lives. If interested in connecting directly, you can reach her for consult at firstname.lastname@example.org.