For many, pinpointing exactly which healthy foods are truly going to best help you reach your weight loss goals isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. There are plenty of seemingly healthy foods out there that are anything but, and if your goal is to focus on eating foods that melt away fat, you might not be sure where to start. Well, that’s where we come in.
Essentially, you’re going to want to turn to rapid weight loss foods that blast fat with the perfect combination of fiber, protein, and heart-healthy nutrients. Read on for the nutritionists’ top picks! And to keep the flat-belly efforts going, be sure to avoid these 14 “Health” Foods That Are Worse Than a Donut!
1. Pumpkin Seeds
“Blend [pumpkin seeds]with basil, parm and garlic for a twist on a nut-free pesto,” suggests Rebecca Lewis, RD for HelloFresh, a leading healthy meal kit delivery service. Or, you can toast the fat-blasting seeds and sprinkle them onto salads in lieu of toppings. Lewis also suggests adding them to soups for a dose of added protein.
2. Green Tea
“If you can drink 4 to 5 cups a day, you may actually not only warm up but speed up your metabolism and even burn more calories (and fat, including belly fat!) in your sleep, thanks to its polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG,” explain The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure. “It also contains the amino acid theanine that brings on a mental alertness and calmness that helps you to make rational decisions, so you can turn down fatty, caloric foods that you’d normally eat due to stress.”