Comfort Foods That Burn Fat
They’re called “comfort” foods for a reason ? they bring back warm memories, tickle your taste buds, and soothe your soul. Though some comfort foods are deep-fried, covered in cheese, or packed with sugar, some can actually help you lose weight. Beat the battle of the bulge with the following cozy eats.
Cocoa is packed with antioxidants, which reduce your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that causes your body to cling to belly fat. In fact, one Cornell University study found that the concentration of antioxidants in hot chocolate is up to five times greater than it is in black tea. Hot chocolate’s combination of carbs and protein can also help your muscles recover faster from a tough workout, according to research in the?International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Adding a dash of cinnamon boosts your treat’s health benefits even more ? it contains compounds that keep insulin out of the blood stream and from storing fat, says Gidus.
A single serving of this hearty veggie adds up to a mere 46 calories. A serving also packs more than your daily-recommended doses of vitamins A and K, which can strengthen your immune system for a healthy metabolism, says Jonny Bowden, PhD, a nutritionist and the author of?The 150 Healthiest?Comfort Foods?on Earth. Plus, a cup of collard greens contain 7.6 grams of belly-filling?fiber. Research from the USDA shows that eating fiber-rich foods can lower your body’s absorption of calories from carbs.
Chicken noodle soup
“People who eat a broth- or vegetable-based soup before their meal consume fewer calories overall,” says Rania Batayneh, MPH, nutritionist and author of?The One One One Diet.?”The water in the soup helps fill you up and boosts satiety, and just the act of eating soup helps slow your eating down so that your body has time to notice feelings of fullness.” One Penn State study found that people who ate soup before digging into their entrees reduced their total calorie intake by 20 percent. Plus, chicken noodle varieties pack the protein, vitamins, and fiber you need to rev your metabolism even after your meal.
One cup of warm, gooey oatmeal contains 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, a combination that slows the digestion of carbs, reduces your insulin response, and keeps you fuller for longer, says Batayneh. In fact, a study published in the?European Journal of Clinical Nutrition?evaluated 38 common foods and found that oatmeal was the third most filling. When possible, opt for steel-cut oatmeal, which goes through less processing than other varieties and as a result has a lower glycemic index score, a measurement of how much a food increases your blood sugar.