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7 Snacks That Ignite Your Metabolism

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We all get hungry between meals. But, instead of reaching for cookies, you can snack on healthy foods that will actually help you burn the flab.

Sounds too good to be true?

Well, here’s the science behind these foods: certain foods contain a high thermogenic effect (the way it allows the body to generate heat or energy as it is digested). This results in a much higher metabolism over a period of time.

Best Healthy Fruits To Ignite Your Metabolism

Lemon 

Lemon helps with fat loss because it’s a digestive aid and it helps to cleanse the liver. Besides this, it comes with a list of other health benefits.

Lemon is antibacterial, antiviral, and contains tons of immune-boosting powers.

Snack options: I eat it throughout the day, and so can you. I drink a lot of water and so should you. Squeeze into your ice water. Add it to chicken and fish dishes. I also add it to any juices I blend.

Hot Peppers

Capsaicin is the compound in chili peppers that give them their kick. They essentially heat up your body, allowing you to melt away some extra calories. A perfect snack option when you’re on the run.

Snack options: I have been adding peppers to all sorts of dishes. I am not a spicy-hit freak, so I add them sparingly. But, peppers of all kinds add fuel to your metabolic fire.

Freshly Diced peppers are the best, but at the very least, try adding some cayenne pepper to your beef and poultry dishes.

They will keep your metabolism revved up.

Green Tea

Many studies show that green tea extract increased thermogenesis. Credit EGCG (a compound in green tea brew) responds by speeding up your metabolism.

Snack options: drink it either hot or cold, depending on the time of year and your climate. Another tip to turbocharge its fat burning effect is by consuming it first thing in the morning, before anything else. It will wake you up too.

To increase your intake, keep a jug of iced green tea in the fridge (at work and at home).

Lean Meats

Lean meats have a high thermogenic effect due to the protein. In fact, you’ll actually burn 30% of the calories that the food contains during digestion. In other words, if you eat a chicken breast containing a few hundred calories, your body will burn 90 of them during the digestive process.

Snack options: I try to consume some meat at every meal. I recommend high-quality lean meats. I usually tend to eat more grass-fed beef & cage free organic chicken. However, this certainly isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Do the best you can.

Special mention: Steve’s original sells a quality grass-fed beef stick that I eat almost every day.

Almond Butter

Almond butter is rich in omegas, high in riboflavin, folate, vitamin E, and niacin.

I probably eat more of this than I should. Thankfully it’s good for me. It doesn’t speed up your metabolism but it’s a great source of high-quality fats and protein, and a little goes a long way.

Here’s why I have included it in my top 7: most of us would admit to giving into our sweet tooth, at least a few times a month. And almond butter satisfies that craving for me.

It’s leaps and bounds better to have a little almond butter, which has virtually no sugar and very little carbs, as opposed to snacking on candy.

Snack options: I drop a tsp. or two on a few apple wedges, and presto!

However, my favorite variety is nuts n more cinnamon raisin almond butter. It’s the best I’ve ever had. It’s all natural with no added sugar, and they pack it full of extra protein, omegas, and flax. Winning!

Do your body a favor and reach for the almond butter instead of the horrible sugary products that give you an instant high, followed by a sickening low.

Berries

This one is for all those sugar addicts out there. Yes, you can burn body-fat by eating berries and enjoy the experience. Berries can be also be taken anywhere (just throw them in a plastic container).

Berries are the way to satisfy a sweet tooth. They are extremely rich in antioxidants and relatively low in carbs compared to other fruits.

Snack options: Aim for a 1/2 cup of berries every day. Look, you could even throw some almond butter on them… Shh… Don’t tell anyone I told you. Giving away all my secrets. 🙂

Eggs 

Studies show that eating eggs in the morning can help you manage hunger and help to decrease calorie consumption throughout the day. Don’t worry about “the great yolk debate”, it’s good for you despite what some may claim.

The yolk actually contains the majority of the healthy nutrients such as omega 3s, folate, vitamin A  & D and potassium.

Snack options: I eat eggs all day long, and always in the mornings. More often than not, I toss a few eggs into the skillet along with some greens, onions and some lean meat.

Call it a smorgasbord if you will but I absolutely love it. I love it so much I often have more for dinner. I’ll toss a couple eggs and some greens in with some grass fed lean ground beef. Try it. You’ll love me for it.

Hard-boiled eggs are a great snack option too… Easy to make a dozen at once and save them for the week.

Summary

So, now you have lots of snack ideas that will help you burn fat, feel full and energetic. They are all easily found in any supermarket or local store. Nothing too complicated here.

Start adding these fat burning foods to your diet and daily routine. Throw some of them in your bag when you head out to work or school (eggs, berries, apple wedges with a little almond butter, a bottle of green tea).

With these snacks ready to go, you stay on track with your goals, get lean while you work and never feel deprived again.

Of course, what you eat is only part of the equation. You must also be working out to stay healthy and this is why I created my training programs, such as HIIT MAX™, which comes with both a training guide, as well as a nutrition guide.

Let’s get fit together!

5 Foods You Must Avoid If You Ever Want To See Your Six-Pack

If you’re working out like crazy, and still not seeing your 6 pack abs, then there’s one big reason:

The specific foods you eat.

As such, you need to start analyzing your diet.  With that said, I am not suggesting a low-calorie diet or advising you to reduce your carb intake.

But, there are 5 foods you must avoid.

In this post, you’ll learn why you should stay away from:

  • Fast food
  • Frozen “diet” food
  • Flour-based products
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Alcohol

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Even if you have a sound nutritional diet, you will still be stuck in the weight loss trap but if you eat these foods.

If you’re consuming any of the 5 foods below, they will stop you from ever seeing your 6 pack – or even getting lean.

The solution is to eat substitutes or healthy alternatives.

1. Fast Food

Nearly all fast foods have tons of Trans Fats.  It’s these types of fats that have zero nutrition and they actually lower your good cholesterol while raising your bad.  Stay away from fast food, PERIOD.  I am sure you’ve heard the saying, “everything is good moderation”..?  Well, except fast food!

The Obesity epidemic is on the rise.  In fact, did you know that 1/3rd of the population (BMI 30+) suffer from being obese? Furthermore, overweight individuals (BMI 25-29) make up another 1/3rd of it.

We live in a fast food and microwave type of era, everyone wants it fast to fit their lifestyles.  No wonder these franchises are popping up on the most sought-after corners of real estate around the country.  And, they will keep opening doors as long as we keep lining up for their products.

2. Frozen “Diet” Food aka “Lean Cuisine”

No_Frozen_Meal-300x236These so-called “Lean Cuisines” or “All In One” diet meals are nothing more than a big ball of chemically processed garbage.

If you don’t believe me, grab a microscope and take a peek at what you’re putting into your body.  That should be enough to convince you!

Try baking a chicken breast in some lemon and garlic, add some asparagus or greens for the side.  It’s just as fast and easy tastes better and is far better for your body.

3. White, enriched, or otherwise refined flour-based products

Flour is a powder made from grains, legumes, nuts or seeds.  Refined grains are significantly modified from their original state, removing the germ and bran. They are further processed through mixing, bleaching, and brominating, and then can be “enriched” with B vitamins and iron.  However, in most cases, it is not leaving white flour useless for your body.

White flour contains absolutely no nutritional value what-so-ever.

There is a reason why diabetics are not supposed to eat white bread…  It’s because white flour is converted by the body into sugar as it enters the bloodstream.  You’re just as well off eating a slice of cake! In other words, it makes you fat so steer clear.

4. High Fructose Corn Syrup

Energy_Drink-300x300They are starting to put this crap in everything!  READ THE LABELS…

This ingredient is not good for you and without question detrimental to your six-pack abs. (HFCR) is not processed by the body in the same way as traditional sugar, it must pass through the liver first.

(HFCR) is prominent in things such as; soft drinks, juice beverages, and processed foods.  It is also referred to as “corn sugar”, so be conscious of this as you shop.

In fact, one study performed by Princeton found that high-fructose corn syrup ingestion in rats prompted considerably more weight gain than table sugar — even when caloric intake was the same. Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup/#ixzz2NoupSTBx

⚡ Related: Learn How Sugar can Affect Your Weight Loss

5. Alcohol

Red_Wine-300x293This is a midsection killer!  Alcohol wreaks havoc on your waistline like smoking does on lungs.  If you are going to drink, then resort to a glass or two of red wine or a light beer.

I certainly don’t recommend drinking alcohol at all while trying to lose weight, however, you can see some best case scenario beers here.

Find substitutes or alternatives for these 5 foods and you will break through your fitness plateau and begin losing body fat. I would also recommend following a training program, such as Six Pack Finishers, so you can dial in and get that six-pack. You can do this!

⚡ Related: Learn What Booze Does to Your Weight Loss and Your Body

Let’s get fit together!

3 Tips For Fat Loss & Six Pack Abs

There’s no doubt about it, anyone involved in fitness, weight loss or muscle building seeks one thing – six pack abs.

That’s the muscle group that people take notice of. It shows that you work out and are in great shape, which is why I created the program, Six Pack Finishers.

Well, the good news is that you already have a six-pack, but it’s lurking under a layer of fat (if you can’t see it).

So, what else can you do to move forward on your journey six-pack abdominals?

Sure, you can do hundreds of ab crunches every day, but it alone is not going to burn the belly fat (regardless of what the magazines say).

As such, here are 3 effective techniques and tips to get those toned abdominals that you really want, and which turn heads.

Six Pack Tip #1

Taper your meals during the day

Your body must properly digest the food after each meal. To make this happen, reduce the size of every meal as the day goes on.

Keep this saying in mind: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Start your day with a balanced, protein-packed breakfast to get your metabolism cranking.

Eat eggs, fruit, and nuts. As the day progresses, eat every 3 hours and try to consume fewer carbs in the evening. This will help keep your metabolism cruising throughout the day and night and help to reveal those abdominal muscles.

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Six Pack Tip #2

Ban processed foods

Listen up – if you put garbage in, you are going to feel and look like garbage.

Polluting your body with processed food is the worst thing you can do for health and forgetting those six-pack abs.

Cutting out the fake food will give you more energy, less body fat, better digestion, healthy skin and a spring in your step.

⚡ Related: Learn What Ingredients Other Countries Ban, But The US Allows

Six Pack Tip #3

Increase your water intake

A simple but effective tip.

This strategy has been used by many personal trainers and bodybuilders and is one of the best ways get those flat abs.

Why?

Drinking water helps to flush out toxins and boost your metabolism. Contrary to some myths about water weight, the more water you drink, the less water weight you will retain.

Drinking water flushes out toxins and keeps our bodies working properly. Often, we eat when we don’t realize we are thirsty. So, drink a glass of water to quench your thirst before every meal and you will avoid overeating.

⚡ Related: Learn How To Calculate Your Daily Water Intake

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