Comfort foods will help you feel better, irrespective of what the weather says. Although, some comfort foods can be sugar-filled, or deep fried with a lot of calories, there are still some that help to burn fat. These comfort foods do not just burn fat, but also play the comfort role as the name implies. They provide the body with protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, and make the body feel relaxed.
Below are some of them
1. Hot chocolate
The antioxidants in cocoa reduce the level of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body, which in turn, reduce the risk of belly fat. According to a research in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, hot chocolate can help your muscles recover faster from a tough workout due to its carb and protein content.
2. Chicken noodle soup
Chicken soups are not only comforting, but also power-packed, as they contain proteins, fiber and vitamins. You can flavor your soup with onion, bay leaf, and minced garlic to get the best of your soup. Since you will need it for weight loss, it’s best that you use boneless-skinless chicken, with fatty areas trimmed away. You should also include some veggies to provide your body with additional nourishment.
3. Pot roast beef
Beef is loaded with protein, and loading up on more protein is a great way to burn calories because your body will have to work really hard to break down protein for energy. It also keeps the stomach full and reduces cravings. A study published in The FASEB Journal shows that dieters who double their protein intake lose more fat and maintain more muscle mass than dieters who eat the recommended amount.
Coffee benefits the health than just boosting your mood. It works effectively to boost the metabolic rate, as it contains a healthy dose of the antioxidant chlorogenic acid (CGA), which increases your body’s use of fat for energy. Recent studies have also shown that taking small doses of caffeine before exercise can help in improving performance and quickens muscle recovery.
Oatmeal is rich with protein and fiber, which helps to increase satiety, reduces cravings, and also maintains the blood sugar levels. This power-packed meal is also known to reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Taking a bowl of quick instant oats in the morning is refreshing.
Try one or all of these comfort foods and experience soothing moments in your weight loss journey.
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