Eat. Burn Fat.
The fall season is officially here, and it brings with it a ton of unique flavors to light up your taste buds.
But which fall foods will keep you healthy? And more importantly, which foods will keep your weight loss goals on track?
One of the best approaches to eating for weight loss, regardless of the time of year, is to choose foods that are naturally metabolism enhancing. A lot of foods contain vitamins and nutrients that speed up your metabolism during digestion, increasing the number of calories and amount of fat your body burns.
Some of the basics to look for are things like protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. But in addition to the basics, a lot of foods contain certain vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants that are especially effective fat-burners.
Today I’m reviewing my top 5 fall foods for weight loss. If you want to enjoy the season without putting on the pounds, check these out.
Top 5 Fat Burning Foods for the Season
Beets make for great fall salads or hearty side dishes. Besides being packed full of flavor, beets also contain a certain phytonutrient, called betalain, that has natural detoxifying properties. I always recommend natural detoxifying foods over extreme detox fads, and removing extra toxins from your body will make your metabolism more efficient.
This fall food list wouldn’t be complete without something pumpkin related. Pumpkin seeds are a great snack to eat on a fat-burning, weight loss diet. Not only do they contain a little protein, they’re also high in monounsaturated fats that have been shown to help you burn more fat and redistribute belly fat away from your midsection.
For a delicious, satisfying, and healthy pumpkin recipe check out my Vanilla Protein Pumpkin Muffin Recipe.
Pomegranates are no stranger to the superfood circles, but when it comes to fruit, they make the perfect addition to your fall palate. But what makes them a superfood is their high antioxidant content, particularly vitamin C, which can enhance your metabolism and help you burn more calories and fat.
A definite fall food, spaghetti squash is one you definitely need to add to your diet. It’s extremely versatile, and can actually be used as a pasta substitute to help you cut back on the carbs. But it also contains pectin, which stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps you beat those cravings.
This is probably my favorite fall food, and when it comes to potatoes, sweet potatoes are the ones to go with. Although they contain carbs, new research is showing that they contain a special kind of starch that can boost your fat-burning potential. Bake them, mash them, or get creative – either way they’re a smart carb choice on a weight loss diet.
Bonus Fall Food: Zucchini
And here’s one more fall food for you – Zucchini. It’s really hearty, super inexpensive, and can be added to nearly any dish. Plus it’s low in calories, so it’s a great choice on a weight loss diet. Try one of my 5 Delicious Zucchini Bread Recipes here.
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