Sunday, January 20, 2008
Foods That Burn Fat?
You've seen the infomercials just like we have--and they're particularly insane this time of the year. And of course we're all familiar with the various fads out there: slashing carbs, eating a super low fat diet, drastically reducing calories, etc. The list can go on forever.
But are there true foods that can help us shed fat? Well, there are--sort of. Weight loss programs often focus on cutting nothing but calories, regardless of where those calories are coming from. That's not how we roll at Mohr Results, Inc--we're about focusing on quality. We hate the concept of virtually eliminating any macronutrient, but love the concept of doing so with certain types of macronutrients.
Licorice, candy, cookies, cake, etc--those are carbohydrates. And they're all junk. On the other hand, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, vegetables, fruits, etc are also carbs and they couldn't be any better.
Likewise, butter, shortening, animal fat, and margarine are all junk fats, whereas fish oil, flax, olive oil, and avocados are all fantastic for you.
See the point? By switching the focus from just overall quantity to the quality of the nutrients consumed will help shed body fat--and, yes, we're saying a calorie isn't a calorie isn't a calorie (2000 calories from oil is much different than 2000 calories from fruit and vegetables).
So go back to the basics, focus on the simple, non-packaged foods, and understand that doing so will not only ultimately help you shed fat, but it will also drastically improve your health, how you feel, your energy, skin, mood, and so on and so on. Here are 3 rules to keep in mind:
* If a food has a cartoon on the package, put it back.
* If you didn't find it on the perimeter of the store, put it back.
* If the ingredient list is so long it reads like a Shakespeare novel, put it back! The less ingredients, the better.
If you need to be creative with your food, give these "Sown Oats" a try:
1/2 cup whole oats
1 TBS raisins
1 oz raw walnuts (or pecans)
1 cup non fat milk (or soy milk if you prefer)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. This is ready to eat in the morning without any cooking whatsoever.
Have a wonderful week!
The Mohr Results Team