More cabbage, less meat: nutritional recommendations that can speed up fat burning

Losing weight and getting rid of belly fat depends on a number of healthy eating habits that you must follow. In this regard, nutrition experts reveal a number of habits that can accelerate the burning of fats and raise the body’s metabolism.

1. Eat green vegetables every day

One of these habits is eating lots of dark colored non-starchy vegetables like spinach, watercress and cabbage. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition showed that these foods are associated with visceral fat in the lower abdomen as well as intrahepatic fat. Dietitian Lisa Moskowitz explained that dark green leaves are considered a low-calorie food and contain many nutrients such as vitamin K, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, vitamin C and fiber.

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2. Caffeine

Caffeine, a stimulant known to increase alertness, cognitive function and metabolism, also aids weight loss. A small study in an issue of the Journal of the International Association of Sports Nutrition indicated that caffeine increases fat burning when associated with exercise.

3. Green tea

In addition, a study showed that obese adults who drank a beverage containing green tea antioxidants burned abdominal fat during exercise.

4. Proteins

Nutritionists also recommend incorporating a protein source when you eat any type of carbohydrate, so you feel fuller for longer, which may translate to fewer calories overall.

5. Drink a glass of water before every meal

As for water, it is critical in raising the body’s metabolism, since eating one glass of it before a meal fills the stomach just like a bowl of soup, which helps to satisfy hunger. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers found that 60 minutes after participants drank about two glasses of water, their energy intake increased by 30%.

Drinking water, illustration (photo: ingimage ASAP)Drinking water, illustration (photo: ingimage ASAP)

6. Less meat

Experts recommend reducing meat in order to lose weight. A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen found that plant proteins satisfy hunger more than meals containing red meat and make people feel full. What’s more, the researchers also found that participants who ate a high-protein vegetarian meal consumed 12% fewer calories at their next meal compared to those who ate meat.


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