9 Fat-Burning Foods That Let You Eat to Lose Weight
Diet plans and ruthless exercise routines just not cutting it? Adding healthy eats to your plate can help you whittle your waistline
One mistake people make when trying to lose weight is skimping on fiber -- an essential nutrient that prevents blood sugar spikes and overeating. "Both [apples and pears] contain fiber, especially pectin, which is a soluble fiber that can help promote satiety and fullness and curb hunger," Angelone says. Unlike that bag of chips you mindlessly munch in front of "America's Next Top Model" reruns, fiber-rich apples or pears will keep you fuller longer, and therefore, are some of the best fat burning foods.
When you're noshing on these white-fleshed fruits, you don't run the risk of a sugar crash. As your body slowly digests the fiber, it slowly digests the sugar. When you consume something lacking fiber (like a soda), sugar absorbs quickly and goes straight to your liver, pushing your liver into overdrive (aka a sugar spike). To help the liver out, the pancreas begins to produce the insulin hormone, which expedites the sugar for energy or turns it directly into fat for energy storage. Yikes. This goes to show that not all calories are created equal (think: a 100-calorie apple is much better for your body than a 100-calorie soda).
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