There is no secret, the keys to losing weight effectively and sustainably are diet , physical exercise and stress and sleep management. However, certain foods or supplements can reinforce the effect of these good habits.
These are foods that balance “hunger hormones”, accelerate metabolism, regulate glycemic imbalances responsible for fat storage or improve the secretion of happiness hormones in order to avoid emotional snacking.
Here are the main allies for weight loss:
- Better blood sugar control and therefore less storage of calories in the form of fat
- Greater satiety and fewer cravings to snack
- Better oxidation (or destocking) of fats for their use as an energy source.
- Increases basal metabolism, i.e. the number of calories burned at rest.
Among them, crocin and crocetin, carotenoids responsible for the red color of saffron, have been shown to have antidepressant properties, improve inflammation, reduce appetite and aid in weight loss. Studies suggest that saffron increases serotonin levels in the brain and, in turn, helps prevent compulsive snacking and associated weight gain.
The key to grapefruit's slimming properties may be an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) , which appears to be activated by an organic compound in grapefruit called nootkatone. When AMPK is activated, it boosts metabolism by encouraging muscles to turn stored glucose and fat into energy, which promotes weight loss. AMPK is usually activated during exercise or effort to produce the energy the body needs.
Foods rich in fiber
- Slow down the digestion of glucose (sugar) by the body, thus avoiding its storage in the form of fat
- Generate a more lasting feeling of satiety which helps overcome cravings
In practice ? Consume oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, green and starchy vegetables, fruits and legumes.
Foods rich in chromium
Some studies suggest that taking chromium combined with a resistance training program could help with weight and body fat loss while increasing muscle mass.
The best food sources of chromium are broccoli, tomatoes, grapes, garlic, onions and brewer's yeast.