Dieting and weight loss make you ask a million questions. However, we won’t give you answers to those. Instead, we’ll give you a couple of surprising facts that you probably didn’t know about foods that help you lose fat and a couple of other weight loss secrets.
Dairy promotes weight loss
Aha! Remember how they say that cheese, milk, and butter can make you fat? Why else would they tell you to skip the Parmesan and mozzarella whenever you have pasta and pizza, or that you shouldn’t add butter in your popcorn? These pieces of advice are quite old-school if you consult any modern dietitian and research articles. The (fortunate!) the truth is, sources of calcium are reportedly more effective in accelerating fat loss. At the same time, calcium deficiency is linked to having greater fat mass and to losing control over your appetite. Therefore, by all means, don’t say no to your favorite yogurts, non-fat cheese, and milk forever!
Exercise alone won’t help you lose weight
Thinking that you can eat an entire pizza because you’re going to hit the gym later is a dangerous mindset. It’s what majority of the people who want to diet think! Exercise alone does help you burn calories, but it only decreases your body weight by 3%. Moreover, exercising makes you feel hungry, which means you’re bound to repeat the same cycle over and over again until you end up gaining more weight than you initially had. It’s important to remember that the formula for a successful weight loss is exercise and diet. Therefore, start eating and portioning healthier food while you sweat it out!
It’s okay to lounge in front of the TV
We’ve always thought that the “couch potato” term refers to a person who’s chubby and does nothing but watches (and eats!) in front of television. Except, sitting all day in front of the TV doesn’t necessarily make you pack on the pounds. What many of us don’t know is that something as simple a fidgeting burns calories. Do you know what else burns calories and releases fat? Relieving yourself from stress! Don’t be afraid to watch your favorite sitcoms if they’re going to make you laugh hysterically!
Eating chocolate daily helps you slim down
We’re totally not kidding you! While we’ve grown accustomed to hearing that having sweets — especially chocolates — is one of the biggest reasons we pack on the pounds, there’s actually something in it that can help you release fat. But before you hoard your favorite chocolates from the supermarket, know that we’re not talking about all chocolates in general. You’ll need one that’s high in cocoa and low in sugar. Cocoa is actually filled with good antioxidants and can aid in weight loss when consumed in moderation. You can easily add it to your diet by including unsweetened cocoa in your shakes, coffee, and other recipes!
A glass of wine a day helps release fat
You’ve probably heard this one before (thanks to the Internet). It couldn’t be truer. Many recent studies have clearly shown that a regular, small glass of red wine is good for your health, heart, and fitness! Wine-drinkers gain less weight and are at a much lower risk of getting overweight. It’s all because of one of its main ingredients, the strong antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol is also responsible for improved exercise endurance and for protecting us against diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance. So by all means, cheers!
Staying up late doesn’t make you lose weight
You’ve probably also been told to catch up on more sleep or else you’d end up looking like walking skeletons with eye bags. That’s not true. A study found that those who slept longer were able to lose more body fat than those who had an equivalent diet but slept for a shorter time. Besides, the more sleep-deprived you are, the more messed up your leptin and ghrelin hormones (for appetite regulation) will be. You’re also more likely to feel hungry and end up consuming as much as 300 calories from unhealthy snacks late at night! Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
“If you keep on eating unhealthy food than no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.” ― Subodh Gupta