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5 Awesome Fat Burning Foods

5 Awesome Fat Burning Foods

We’re always searching for that weight loss miracle aren’t we? Minimum effort and maximum results please. Oh wait, that’s not doable? Damn. Back to the drawing board.

We live increasingly busy lives, in fact, just the other week it was reported that HALF of adults do no exercise at all. None. Nada. Zilch. That’s a pretty shocking statistic which highlights a pretty major problem here. Are we all simply too busy or are we just lazy? It’s easy to get sucked into the couch life, I mean, hello – Netflix! But we don’t want to become a world of couch potatoes. So whilst I urge you to pause Pretty Little Liars and move your ass, you can also read up on some handy foods that will give you a helping hand in burning some fat.

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So without further ado, five foods for zapping away the fat! *and no this doesn’t mean you can get out of exercising too…

1. Hot Peppers

And I’m talking HOT cayenne peppers. These peppers contain capsaicin, this is what gives them their heat and powerful kick. It also helps to burn away calories too, hoorah! You can buy cayenne pepper raw (if you’re brave enough) or in a powdered form. Alternatively you can pick up a hot sauce which you can use in pretty much everything, to an extent.

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2. Whole Grains

These make your body WORK, twice as hard in fact. Whole grains basically burn twice as many calories breaking down foods such as brown rice as opposed to those nasty processed foods that we just don’t need. All too often people make the mistake of cutting out whole grains from their diet in fear that they will bloat or gain weight, but this isn’t the case!

3. Coconut

I bet you didn’t expect this one, did you? Coconuts are rich in medium-chain triglycerides. Did that mean anything to you? No me either really, but what it does mean is that these MCFAS can increase our metabolism rate by up to 30%! Now that’s a statistic I can get on board with. Why not alternate your normal dairy milk to coconut milk? It’s healthy, super tasty and fat burning, duh! If milk isn’t your thing then coconut flakes make for a great afternoon snack.

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4. Avocado

Avocados are one of my favorite ever foods! Creamy, fatty goodness that’s technically healthy? YES please. Not only do these taste great and make for a fantastic dip (who doesn’t love guacamole?), they also boost our metabolism and speed up the process of converting fat into energy. Wahey! For a simple guac recipe – mash up a couple of avocados, chop up a red onion, add a pink of salt and a few dashes of lime et voila! Serve with sticks of carrot or cucumber for a healthy option.

5. Ginger

This was a new one to me, but ginger is also a great fat burning food. It has the ability to increase your body temperature which means that your body has to use up more of those pesky calories to keep your temperature down, winning! Fresh ginger is a fantastic addition to soups and stir fries, it can also be used in baking too so there are a lot of options!

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There are a load of other amazing foods that are packed with fiber and will prolong your cravings and help you feel fuller in-between meals. Lentils, bananas, quinoa and nuts are all a good bet to try and keep those 9pm sugar cravings at bay. I mean who wouldn’t want a bowl of quinoa over a Krispy Kreme? Yeah, nobody said this would be easy…

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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