4. Green Tea
Green tea is a prime source of steady energy and antioxidants. It also contains catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which have the ability to boost weight loss and support weight management.
In part, these compounds work by increasing fat oxidation before exercise as well as 30-75 minutes after exercise. For best results, drink a hot cup of matcha tea 30-60 minutes before working out. One could say that green tea is the original detox water.
Eggs are a clean source of protein and vitamin b12. Protein increases energy expenditure during digestion, increases satiety, and increases muscle mass.
Since muscles burn more calories than fat, increasing your muscle mass ensures long-term energy expenditure. B12, on the other hand, plays a role in fat and protein metabolism.
In fact, researchers at Louisiana State University found that people who ate eggs for breakfast 5+ days weekly lost more weight than those who ate bagels.
During the 8-week study period, the egg diet group and bagel diet group both followed a 1000-calorie diet and ate their selected food daily.
By the end of the study, the egg group experienced, on average, a 61% greater reduction in BMI, a 65% greater weight loss, a 34% greater reduction in waist circumference and a 16% greater reduction in percent body fat when compared to the bagel diet group.
6. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a staple in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.
In a study on breast cancer survivors, an olive oil-enriched plant-based diet group experienced a greater weight loss than The National Cancer Institute’s diet group.
The women in the olive oil group experienced a weight loss of at least 5% of baseline weight in just 8 weeks. Nearly all of the women in this group continued the olive oil diet for another 6 months after the study.
This just goes to show how satisfying the diet can be and how easy it is to follow. In fact, the researchers concluded that the plant-based olive oil diet was “more efficacious for weight loss in breast cancer survivors than a standard lower-fat diet.”