This post is about Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss & Fat Burning.
Providing Healthy Recipes and Weight Loss Tips and Tricks for Your Health
Hi, I’m Jen, a Registered Nurse in women’s health and wellness, here to help you find healthy ways to lose weight and increase your fat-burning without starving yourself.
You and I both know this is a difficult task.
We have ALL been there.
But, you don’t have to make earth-shattering, massive changes to feel and look better.
First of all, to lose weight and keep it off you can make small, healthful changes to your lifestyle — and try to do them every day.
However, these changes are little tweaks that you can easily add and do daily.
Finally, implementing the below healthy recipes, daily tips, and simple snacks will increase your weight loss and fat burning, and ultimately help you to lose belly fat.
Because let’s face it, the belly fat (and the muffin top, cellulite, leg jiggle) struggle is real.
Statistics on Obesity
The CDC statistics (2018) found that in the U.S. alone, 71.6% of adults aged 20 and over are considered overweight or obese.
So, we are not alone in our struggle. But, having excess belly fat for women can greatly increase other health issues for us as well.
But, we’ll get into that in another post! : )
Exercises to Help You Lose Belly Fat and Increase Fat Burning:
These are a few Abdominal Exercises to help work your core and flatten your stomach.
Also, if you are just starting out, either take a 20-minute walk on the treadmill, walk the dog, or walk around the park for 20 minutes.
And, either before or after, do about 10 minutes of slow body stretches.
Stretching is so important at every age, and for a number of healthful benefits.
If you can do that every morning, or at least 5 out of 7 days each week, you will feel better and lose calories!
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Let’s Get Healthy
Adding at least one or two of these daily activities will help you to lose weight:
Eat a filling breakfast every morning. Skipping breakfast is a bad idea. Usually, if you don’t eat breakfast you wind up eating more junk food throughout the day. Eating a bowl of whole grain cereal, low-fat milk, and topped with berries is a nutritious and filling way to start your day.
Choose water. Drinking colas or fruit juice can drastically increase your calorie intake. By drinking water you are satisfying your thirst, and it’s free. If you must drink beer or wine, try only having it as a treat on the weekends.
Eat more veggies and fruit. Eating a salad before your meal, or loading up your plate with lots of crisp, fresh veggies instead of so much meat will help you to feel full on nutritious produce.
Add more whole grains to your diet. Substitute whole grains for cakes, cookies, white bread, and pretzels. You will fill up much faster so you’re more likely to eat a smaller portion. Choose whole-wheat bread, brown rice, pasta, bran flakes, and popcorn.
Reduce your portions by 20%. If you only do this one step, you will lose weight. The trick is to use smaller plates and bowls and trick your mind into thinking it’s your usual sized dishes.
Add more steps. Get a pedometer and add extra steps into your day. There are also lots of smartwatches and phone apps that will count your steps for you. It serves as helpful motivation to reach your daily goal of 10,000 or more steps.
Switch to lighter alternatives. This is another pretty easy one. When you eat a salad use the light or fat-free version of the dressing. When adding coffee creamer, get the low fat, low-sugar product. Also, use low-fat mayo on your sandwich. This can help you trim lots of calories.
10 Healthy Breakfast Foods for Losing Weight
Eating the right foods for breakfast can help to curb cravings until lunchtime and minimize snacking:
Eggs – rich in protein, just don’t add butter or salt.
Yogurt – also high in protein, add some fruit, wheat germ, or chia seeds.
Grapefruit – high in water and fiber, low in calories.
Coffee – the caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism and fat burning (don’t add too much creamer or sugar)
Oatmeal – contains beta-glucan, which can decrease blood sugar and appetite, and help you lose weight.
Flaxseeds – high in soluble fiber and shown to increase feelings of fullness and reduce appetite.
Green tea – shown to increase fat burning, which could aid in weight loss.
Kiwi – high in fiber, including pectin, which can reduce appetite and increase weight loss.
Unripe Bananas – contain resistant starch, which may help decrease food intake and belly fat.
Breakfast Smoothies – a convenient way to increase your fiber and protein to reduce hunger and increase weight loss.
Check out this related article about women’s health.
Healthy Snacking for Weight Loss
Trying to lose weight does not mean you have to give up snacks.
Some snack foods, like celery and nut butter, can help you reach your weight loss goals.
To help you lose weight it’s best to avoid large amounts of salt, sugar, saturated fats, and simple carbs.
Healthy snacking between meals can help with weight loss as you won’t get overly hungry before your next meal.
Below are some great snacks for weight loss:
Hard-boiled eggs – I love black pepper on mine!
Nuts – A handful of raw almonds or pistachios are delicious.
Organic hummus – Wonderful on carrots, green peppers, or celery sticks.
Low-fat cheese – My kids love low-fat string cheese, and it tastes great.
Celery – Celery sticks dipped in light ranch or nut butter.
Popcorn, air-popped – Plain popcorn is a low-calorie, filling snack.
Apples – Apple slices dipped in nut butter are another delicious choice.
Greek yogurt – Plain Greek yogurt with berries or nuts will help you feel full quickly.
5 Veggies to Boost Your Metabolism
To boost your metabolism you should eat foods that help with energy.
Higher energy can help you burn more calories, and, in turn, can help you more efficiently process the food you eat.
Leeks. Mild-tasting leeks are members of the onion family and are typically used just like onions as a flavor base for soups, stews, and other long-cooking dishes.
Asparagus. Spring is for asparagus. Leave a little extra stem for your microbes to enjoy. Cook it gently
Fennel. Fennel features a celery-like stem and flavor that’s reminiscent of licorice. Eat it raw in salads or baked, roasted, and braised.
Artichokes. Artichokes are part of the thistle family. The edible leaves are actually the flower buds of the artichoke plant.
Green Garlic Scapes. Ready in spring and early summer, garlic scapes are actually the stalks that grow out of the garlic bulbs. They’re milder in flavor than garlic from the bulb and tasty in soups, pastas, and with eggs.
This post about the keto diet and recipes for rapid weight loss will give you more ways to boost your metabolism and lose weight.
Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss
I am an avid user of allrecipes.com, and I love their section on Healthy Recipes, which you can then break down into more specific categories, like low-calorie, low-fat, diabetic diet, etc.
So, below, I am including some of my favorite recipes from their site and linking them here so it is easy for you to just click the link and go directly to the original owner’s recipe.
Also, check out this post about healthy meal planning for your family that has tons of recipes and snack ideas when you are on a budget.