Dark Cacao Powder
I’m a big lover of chocolate. I’m sure you’ve heard of the benefits of dark chocolate, but did you know that dark cacao powder is just as good for you?
The reason why is because it is packed with antioxidants. Another benefit is that if you have a massive sweet tooth (like me) that it will help satisfy that some. It also lacks in the sugar added to regular milk chocolate, which is excellent!
Why can’t you just drink chocolate milk? Won’t it have the same benefits? The problem with that is chocolate milk is pumped full of sugar. Dark cacao powder lacks all of that sugar so it works out well for you.
You probably don’t want to take a spoonful of it straight up. Instead, add a spoonful into your smoothie or if you want a healthy version of hot chocolate add it to a glass of hot water.
Coconut oil is one of the best super foods around for not only general health but for weight loss as well.
Coconut oil is an amazing source for everything. Eat it, drink it, wear it, or do whatever with it. Anything you can think of has already been done with it and it’s probably extremely healthy for you.
Coconut oil contains something called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which help to increase energy expenditure.
One study has shown that 15-30g of MCTs per day increased the 24-hour energy expenditure by 5%. That may not sound like a lot, but that equates to 130 calories per day.
In another study of 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing 30 mL of coconut oil per day led to a reduction in waist circumference in a 12-week period.
How should you incorporate coconut oil in your diet? Just get a tablespoon straight from the jar and eat it. It’s as easy as that.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding 1 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water and sipping it throughout the day may help boost weight loss efforts. All types of vinegar have been used over the years to aid weight loss, because they help make you feel full – as the studies have shown it helps to suppress ones appetite.
A study showed that participants who consumed apple cider vinegar for 12 weeks managed to achieve significant declines in body weight as well as abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides.
Other research showed that overweight participants who drank apple cider vinegar every day for 12 weeks had less visceral fat, lower waist circumference and a lower BMI as compared to those who didn’t drink apple cider vinegar. Find out more about losing weight with apple cider vinegar here.
Not only is this spice tasty, but it can also help you lose weight! Cinnamon contains a number of medicinal properties, minerals and nutrients the body desperately needs.
It has a powerful effect of regulating blood sugar levels.
This is why it’s so popular with diabetics. Regulating blood sugar will keep your energy levels steady and help prevent cravings caused by energy crashes!
Add a spoonful to almost anything you eat or to your warm glass of lemon water in the mornings!
Fish oil is one of the researched supplements in the world and for a good reason. The lists of health benefits are numerous:
- Has Shown to Help with Cancer
- Thickens Hair
- Glowing Skin
- Better Heart Health
- Improved Digestion
- Reduces Joint Pain
The daily consumption of fish oil is associated with significant health benefits. Fish oil supplements have not been linked to weight gain; rather, there is evidence that omega–3 fatty acids could help some people lose weight.
Another study put two separate groups of women through a normal weight loss protocol with one difference.
One group supplemented with fish oil, and the other did not. After two months, the group that had supplemented with fish oil saw a much greater reduction is belly fat than the others taking a placebo.
Drinking a glass of warm lemon water in the mornings is one the best things you can do to start your day.
Why? Because it’s one of the easier healthy habits to establish.
Getting healthy and losing weight is about establishing healthy, long-term habits, and this one is super easy to get started with.
It is also amazing for your skin, boost the immune system, hydrate the body, and has even been shown to boost brain function.
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh squeeze lemon into 8oz of water. For an extra boost add a spoon of apple cider vinegar too.
Ginger has quite a few scientifically proven health benefits:
- Fighting against nausea
- Lowers blood sugar naturally
- Can treat indigestion
- Possible cancer prevention
- Fights against Alzheimer’s
- Fights infections
On top of all of these listed above, it has also been shown to improve metabolism and digestion and increasing fat loss,
ginger may also help a person to feel satiated, which in turn reduces food consumption. Also, it’s been proved that ginger works as a natural appetite suppressant which is the best way to lose weight. Natural appetite suppressants are safe and cause no rebound.
While spicy food is not for everyone, cayenne pepper contains a nutrient called capsaicin, which is uniquely powerful for fat burning in the body. This is because it has two powerful combined effects:
First, it increases the body’s metabolism by heating up the body.
Secondly, it actually has been shown to stop cravings in their tracks.
Match Green Tea Powder
Most people know how good green tea is for the body, but many people are still in the dark about matcha powder! This tea is increasing in popularity and we can see why!
A study demonstrated that green tea powder increased thermogenesis; the body’s rate of burning calories from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.
The main antioxidant in green tea — EGCG — is linked to potential weight loss benefits, and matcha has more of it than regular green tea. The EGCG concentration from drinking matcha is three times higher than that of regular green tea, according to studies.
When you drink matcha, you are able to reap all of the benefits of green tea in a concentrated form, which amplifies the health benefits.