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October 20, 2009

Fruits to Help Burn Fat. ~ via Dashama Gordon

If you or someone you know has been trying to lose weight or just reduce your body fat, you may be interested in learning the concept of thermagenic eating.

There is an entire science dedicated to the combination of foods, which will enable a person’s body to “burn” fat most effectively and efficiently. The truth is, fat is never “burned” as we may imagine. It is simply released and utilized as a source of energy to power your life activities. But, for simplicity’s sake, it is often referred to as “burning” fat. That is the key to weight loss: “burn” the fat that is stored.

I could write novels about this topic, but I will start simple for you.

Below you will find a list of 4 foods you can eat that are thermagenic in nature. Thermagenic simply means to raise the metabolism level and enable the body to release stored fat. In my next newsletter I will write about a few dietary tips, that you can easily incorporate into your daily life, that will lead you to a more rapid fat loss experience.

List of Thermagenic Fruits and Vegetables:

1. Apples. The old adage, “An apple a day keeps a doctor away” is very applicable. Apples are rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which is well known for its cholesterol lowering effect. Pectin retains cholesterol in the stomach, binds with it, and carries it through the digestive tract for elimination.

In a recent study appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers reported that apple pectin reduces blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar levels cause your body to stimulate production of insulin, the fat storage hormone.

2. Brown seaweed. Dr. Kazuo Miyashita at Hokkaido University in Japan found that fucoxanthin, a compound found in brown seaweed used in Asian cuisine, promotes fat burning in tests conducted on obese animals. Fucoxanthin appeared to increase the production of proteins responsible for boosting metabolism.

3. Grapefruit. Grapefruit has long been a staple in many nutritional programs aimed at fat and weight reduction. Current research conducted at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA found that participants eating half a grapefruit a day for 12 weeks lost an average of 3.6 lbs. These researchers found that grapefruit helps in lowering insulin levels. Insulin locks fat in the cells and blocks its release to be burned as fuel.

4. Pears. Researchers at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil found that overweight women on a low-calorie diet, who ate 3 pears or apples daily, lost more weight than overweight women on a low-calorie diet who hadn’t added fruit to their diet. This study also revealed a significantly greater decrease in blood glucose levels.

If you are among the group of people who has been avoiding fruits because of their sugar content, due to the Atkins diet hoopla, it may do you some good to incorporate at least a few of these more thermagenic fruits into your diet. Your body will thank you for it, perhaps in the form of some welcomed fat loss.

For more information or to contact the author, Dashama Gordon, please visit her website.

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