“Fruits cleanse the body, vegetables build it.”, someone has rightly said. While vegetables build the body by providing the essential minerals, vitamins, proteins, essential fats, etc, they also help in burning unwanted fat accumulated in the body. Here is the list of 8 Easy to Find Fat-Burning Vegetables consuming which helps to lose the body fat in risk-free and pocket- friendly manner.
Before jumping into the list, let us first understand why fat gets accumulated in the body. One basic thing to remember is that fats are made up of sugars, pretty much like carbohydrates. Sugars are the fuels that are used by the body cells to produce energy, which enables them to perform their functions effectively. Your eye muscles, which enable you to read through these lines also are powered by this energy. Sugars can be consumed through carbohydrates and fats. While carbohydrates are consumed immediately to produce energy, extra carbohydrates are converted to fat and stored in the body.
Fats serves two purposes – first, they serve as emergency reservoirs of energy which serve energy when you are ill or are starving. Second, they cushion in internal organs and help keep the body warm. So, fats in essential quantities are actually needed by the body. But too much of fats cause many chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiac problems, arthritis, so on and so forth. It is advised to keep the fat content in the body at optimal level.
Without further delay, let us get into the list.
Number one item on the lists is Lime. Yes, that yellow round thing usually you ignore in while shopping. Lime is loaded with Vitamin C, fibre, minerals and other phytonutrients. The antioxidants in lime help clean up harmful oxygen radicals from the cells, which enables the cells to perform their functions effectively, thus preventing proper metabolism of food and prevent fat deposition. Take a glass of warm water with juice of half a lime, with a pinch of salt everyday on an empty stomach. You will begin to see the results in a few weeks.
Broccoli is rich in dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, K and folate, minerals like calcium magnesium, phosphorus, etc. It helps to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and the antioxidants help in removing toxins. Toxin build-up brings down the cell metabolism, so flushing toxins out helps in boosting utilisation of fats (metabolism).
Asparagus contains quercetin, a flavonoid which protects against weight gain. It improves the regulation of metabolism genes, hence helps in keeping cholesterol levels under check.
Loaded with lycopene, consuming tomato helps in improving metabolic health, reduces inflammation and reduces cholesterol levels. You can use tomato in the form of juice or include them in the salads.
Spinach is rich in thylakoid and dietary fibre, helping in reduction of hunger and increased satiety. Reduced hunger stimulates your body to use stored fat, in turn reducing the stored fat content in the body.
Garlic is one perfect way to both enhance the taste of your food and lose fat. Garlic induces thermogenesis which helps to control the number of fat cells in the body. What more, garlic also have antibiotic properties which help boost immunity.
Yes, adding spice to food using chilis also helps burn fat. Chilli has capsaicin, which helps induce thermogenic effect, which raises the metabolic rate. You can also use chilli flakes or chilli powder.
#8 Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is loaded with vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, antioxidants and other similar nutrients that suppress fat division. It also keeps you full for a long time, reducing hunger, preventing you from overeating.
Yes, though we promised only 8 in the title, this one is worth mentioning. Similar to chilli and garlic, ginger also enhances thermogenesis and keeps hunger under check. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. So, make sure you include ginger regularly in your diet.
These were 9 vegetables that are easily available, pocket-friendly and which help in the reduction of fat content in your body. A balanced diet with these veggies with lots of physical activity will give results very soon.
Author Bio: This article has been shared by Jessica ,a registered dietitian,a wellness guru that loves to read, research and write. A fitness freak who believes in healthy living and doesn’t like to miss her yoga. When not reading she can be found relishing her favourite foods.