This article deals with some interesting facts about foods. It enlists the fat burning properties and how it help in weight loss and gain.
The first in our list is cereals. Cereals are essential for our body but at the same time eat them enough and you risk fat storage. A food which is mostly based on cereals is not a balanced diet. On the other hand if you deprive yourself out of cereals you will not get enough energy for your work. This naturally results in the breakdown of muscle tissue and protein from your body leading to loss of lean muscle mass which is also known as gluconeogenesis.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Vegetables and Fruits give out the same thermic effect as cereals. However, they are primarily made out of moisture. In short, 90% of fruits and vegetables contain water. So they are few in calories. Some of the fruits like cucumber and celery stick contain are so low in calorie that the amount of calorie used for digestion is the same as the calorie content within it. In fact what you are doing is eating almost zero calories. Here again, a meal consisting of only vegetables is not a balanced diet. Since, you need to cereals for energy.
It has been found out that proteins elicit about 30% of thermic effect. In other words, it takes more calories to digest proteins. Moreover, consuming proteins leads to a longer feeling of fullness. And as we all know that the feeling of fullness is more important for weight loss. But at the same time, you cannot consume too much of protein as it hinders with digestion and strains your liver.
Some dieticians recommend eating only fruits for weight loss. Their conclusion is that fruits are easy to digest and do not contain too many calories. Though true, the fact remains that fruits are not a balanced meal and you cannot derive enough energy from fruits. Moreover, you will frequent hunger pangs and will result in eating more calories than you would have thought. The best way is to find a balanced diet food with cereals, proteins and fruits. This way you will consume lesser calorie, can derive energy and have a fuller satiating effect.
Tip: Breakdown your meal into smaller portions and eat them throughout the day with an interval of 3 to 4 hours.