Foods that help you lose fat, or are Anti-Inflammatory
So when it comes to diet for health and fitness, there is always some confusion. One “expert” will tell you one thing while another tells you another. I decided to just drop a few quick tips I have learned through my training and personal experience when it comes to diet. This is not an end all list of things that can help you, but it is a quick guide to get you started.
First let’s discuss a few carbohydrate foods that can help you burn fat. These include brown rice, spinach, frozen berries, fresh fruits, whole grain bread, frozen veggies, dark chocolate, and celery. While the old saying “all things in moderation” comes into play here, adding these things in to your diet to help you burn fat is a must. All these things are healthy. As for dark chocolate, adding it into your diet right after your workout also gives you the additional benefit of an insulin spike. While normally this is not a good thing, right after a workout an insulin spike allows the insulin to push the protein we eat into the muscle to slow the burning of muscle and immediately start building it. So, if you just worked out, I recommend immediately drinking a protein drink along with eating some dark chocolate. Not a lot of chocolate, but a small amount that helps in the building of muscle. These are just a few tricks to help you lose some fat, while adding on some muscle.
Now onto some foods that are anti-inflammatory. If you experience joint pain or inflammation, it’s important to add some of the following foods into your diet. According to the Harvard Medical School, including tomatoes, green leafy vegetables , nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines can all help. Pineapple is also a good anti-inflammatory food.
In addition to these foods, cooking with or using olive oil in your foods can also help with inflammation. Anyone that lifts weights or exercises will at some point experience pain and inflammation.
I have been personally training for over 43 years now, and have experienced this on many occasions. Knowing which foods can help aid in recovery is a must. The above is just a short list of where to start.
No matter what our fitness goals, we all want to stay leaner and have less pain and inflammation if we are exercising. Use these quick pointers to help you reach your fitness goals. You will notice that many of the same foods that help you lose fat are also anti-inflammatory. I guess that proves that these foods are good for our bodies.
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