Fat Blasting Foods For The Summer Body

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Believe it or not summer is approaching fast.  

Are you ready to jump in that new bathing suit you bought back in January as motivation to start eating right and working out?

If the answer is no, you still have time to take action, however you need to get strict on what you will be eating and START EXERCISING!

Before I start to get into the Fat Blasting Foods you will want to add in right away, you should know some of the foods that are making us fat in the first place!  By eliminating all processed foods such as grains, sugars and industrial oils you can make great progress immediately.

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Take a second and think about the types of foods that you regularly consume. Do you find yourself consuming a lot of these processed foods? A lot of fried foods? Do you eat from a lot of boxed foods?

Now we all know they aren’t good for us! So why do we choose to consume them? For convenience?

The world is set up for us to be unhealthy.  I get it.  It’s easier to pull into McDonalds with a car full of screaming kids and get dinner for the whole family than it is to figure out what to buy or how to even make something healthy.

With Social media, news channels, and commercials selling the next big weight loss gimmick, confusing labels and myths of what to believe, organic, all natural, free-range, wild caught, the list goes on and on. We walk around with our heads spinning wondering what in the world to actually eat! 

I’m here to tell you, take a deep breath, and slowly start to incorporate some of these next foods into your diet.  

At Training For Warriors Pittsburgh, we focus on foods everyone CAN eat. We call them The Warrior 20.

If you are ready to finally get that summer body you can feel proud of start implementing these fat blasting foods today!

Proteins:

1. Lean Meats – Including meat in a well-balanced diet is a way to get a sufficient amount of high-quality protein. You don’t need to give up meat just because you’re trying to lose weight. The key is to stick with lean meats because they contain less total fat, as well as lower amounts of saturated fats.
Examples: Organic Chicken & Turkey, Grass-Fed Beef, Lamb & Bison,  Look for phrases like “grass fed” (beef, bison) “free range” (chicken, turkey), “organic” (all meats) 2. Wild Caught Fatty Fish – Fatty fish is high in protein and provides heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. If it’s not wild caught don’t eat it!  
Examples: Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, Anchiovies

3. Eggs – Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. The white packs a lot of high-quality protein and the yolks healthy fats & cholesterol as well as micro-nutrients like vitamin A, calcium, and phosphorous.

If you can afford it, look for local varieties of pasture raised eggs. Try the farmer’s market or gourmet grocery stores. If not, at least stick with organic, cage free, free range eggs. At  the very least they weren’t packed into cages and pumped with drugs. These eggs tend to be pricey however your health is worth the money.

Carbohydrates:
This just in…. Carbs are not the ENEMY! If you are a person that likes to exercise (and you all should be that person) then a low-carb diet for a long period of time may hurt more than it helps. Reducing your intake of healthy carbs can lead to a slow metabolism, lower levels of muscle/strength-building hormones & higher levels of stress hormones. As a result your weight loss will probably slow down or stop.

1. Sweet Potatoes & Yams – Loaded with lots of carbohydrate energy and Vitamin A, which is important in the synthesis of protein.

2. Quinoa – Known as the “mother of all grains” by the Incas.  Quinoa is higher in protein than most grains and can be a great replacement for rice.  It is also gluten-free making it an option for those of us with gluten intolerance.

3. Legumes – Beans such as Lentils and Kidney contain complex carbohydrates as well as fiber & protein.  Beans are loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium, iron zinc & potassium. 

* Beans are difficult to digest so if you are a person that likes to eat beans I would suggest soaking them prior to consuming

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Healthy Fats:
Our bodies need healthy fats. They help slow down the digestion process so our bodies have more time to absorb nutrients, and help provide a sustainable level of energy. 1. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”
It has a unique combination of fatty acids that have a positive effect on fat loss and better brain function. Other health benefits include skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism.

2. Nuts – Many nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated & omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help with inflammation and brain function.

Examples: Almonds (almond butter), Cashews (cashew butter) Walnuts, Pecans, Macadamias, Pistachios. 

Avoid processed nuts as they lose a lot of nutrients instead opt for raw nuts.  The same goes for nut butters, avoid nut butters that are high in hidden sugars and hydrogenated oils. Look for the most minimally processed options possible.

3. Seeds – Seeds, like nuts are a good source of fat.  Seeds are rich in fiber and can help you feel fuller longer

Examples: Chia, Flax, Hemp and Pumpkin.
Ultimately the goal is to feel good! How your body responds to certain foods should be the hint for you.Your body burns more calories processing real foods. Do you want that summer body? The key is JUST EAT REAL FOOD!

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Couple real whole foods with a safe effective exercise program like Training for Warriors and you will be unstoppable!

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