With the holidays here, it can seem like diet sabotage is around every corner. But it's not just about sugary office treats and endless holiday party spreads; some of the most common Fall and Winter foods actually help, not hurt, your waistline. Want to know which ones? Read on for five fat-burning foods you should be eating this holiday season!
- Dark Chocolate: Your favorite indulgence actually includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. Just make sure you stick to a small square a day so the sugar and calories don't outweigh dark chocolate's fat-burning potential.
- Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes may just be your cold-weather fat-burning secret. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full while burning calories by putting your digestive system to work. And they also contain a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Stick with simply seasoned boiled or steamed sweet potatoes - not a sugary Thanksgiving dessert - if you are eating for weight loss.
- Cinnamon: This is the time of year where cinnamon is often the star, and that's a good thing: the warming Winter spice has been shown to slow digestion and regulate blood sugar to boost your metabolism.
- Pears: You can find various types of pears throughout the Winter, and there's reason to stock up: pears, like apples, contain high levels of pectin, which binds to water and limits the amount of fat your body absorbs.
- Turkey: Rest assured, your post-Thanksgiving leftover turkey habit is helping you burn fat. Lean protein, like turkey, keeps you full and takes energy to digest - both of which mean increased metabolism. Go for skinless breast meat to keep the calories down.