During the holy month of Ramadan, many take this once in a year chance to maximize their health condition. The thought of fasting this month is the closest we can get to the most efficient way of both detoxing and losing weigh; intermittent fasting. However, minus the hydration. Which is a reminder to hydrate slowly, continuously and abundantly post Iftar up until dawn.. If you’re someone looking for kick starting your weight loss journey or merely wanting to lose those last few kilos of stubborn fat, then incorporating certain foods in your diet after breaking your fast will help up the ante and increase your metabolism, the end result will surely be impressive as you will have wisely chosen the right recipe to rid your body of unwanted fat. The name of the game? Empty stomach!
Check out 6 of the most nutritious foods out there that will help you along the way!
1 || Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
Best thing about fasting is the fact that you have the chance to affect the way your body responds and acts, upon employing the right foods to introduce first thing at Iftar. Taking one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and the juice of half of a lemon, on an empty stomach, makes up what is known to be a belly fat flush shot. This will provide a large amount of nutrients and helps to detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Flushing the liver is crucial for its efficacy to perform the job of detoxifying, also known as flushing, flushing the fat cells that your body is holding onto, considered both acidic and toxic! Even more, the healthy fat found in the olive oil tells the body to release cholecystokinin, which stimulates the gallbladder to release bile, a step helps to decrease our appetite and cravings for sugar by making us feel satiated for longer.
2 || Green Juice
Again, boosting metabolism and helping the body employ its energy to do other chores is what we’re counting on, it’s called energy diversion.. Green juice when blended and strained – no fruit please- in the form of vegetables and herbs, are loaded with vitamins and minerals, which detoxify your body, helping to increase metabolism and lose weight.
3 || Avocados
Avoided by many, it is very sad to ban avocados from your weight loss game. Yes, avocados contain fat and are high in calories, however, they are proven to increase satiation, reduce hunger and the desire to overeat. Avocados—and their oils—are one of the healthiest keto fats you can put into your body. When you eat more healthy fats, it curbs your cravings for sugar, suppresses hunger, and makes your body become more fat-adapted to burn fat easier.
4 || Berries
Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are soaring with antioxidants and fiber. Many women who are finding it tough to shed fat, forget that hormonal imbalances rather than overeating are a major culprit. Get your hormones tested first. That said, adding in foods that are high in antioxidants is the name of the game when it comes to your weight and your hormones, which are so closely connected.
5 || Coconut oil
Fact: 30 grams of coconut oil for four weeks reduces the waist circumference by about 1.1 inches. Having a minimum of one tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning, as it is a medium-chain triglyceride will satiate hunger and curb your cravings. As a result, you won’t feel the need to eat as much, and being a healthy fat, it will help your body burn more fat. Coconut oil will also increase your body’s metabolism, increasing the fat-burning efficiency of your body.
6 || Broccoli
Get things moving -literally- by including broccoli to your diet. It is one of the most well-known detoxifying cruciferous veggies and is a powerhouse when it comes to helping the liver reduce toxicity. Add to that, detoxing excess estrogen from the body, usually linked to weight gain and PMS. Broccoli is full of phytochemicals to combat inflammation and it’s also high in fiber. Fiber is important for removing toxicity from our body because we need to have bowel movements every day to release toxins so it’s key to make sure you’re getting enough vegetables at each meal to keep things moving!
7 || Chili Peppers
Set your mouth and fat cells on fire by incorporating hot peppers in our diet. Chili peppers contain a compound called ‘Capsaicin’ that has a positive effect on substrate oxidation and weight maintenance after modest body-weight loss in humans.You can take advantage of this food by adding flaked pepper to sauces and soups.