Its no secret that working out is an important part of transforming your body. But what you eat is just as important. Some even believe its more important.
So the million dollar question is, what exactly should you eat if you are looking to transform your physique?
Keep reading and you will discover 7 fat blasting foods that will help you reveal those abs just in time for summer.
1 – Mushrooms
Want a simply way to enjoy your favorite burger without the guilt? All you need to do is load it up with mushrooms.
The interesting thing about mushrooms is they make a great substitute for ground beef. A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that you can substitute up to 80 percent of ground beef with cooked mushrooms and it will not take away from the flavor.
As a matter of fact it will enhance the flavor without the additional calories. It will also provide you with more nutrients such as potassium and vitamin D.
This is great news for those looking to slash calories without losing flavor.
2 – Frozen Bananas
If you want a thick, creamy, and delicious protein shake, consider adding in some frozen bananas. Bananas add more volume to the shake while also providing you with the carbs needed to help you quickly replenish after a grueling workout.
Studies have shown that thicker shakes do a great job of combating hunger which means you will be less likely to overeat.
3 – Apples
As the saying goes, an apple a day will keep the doctor away. But did you also know an apple a day can keep the flab away?
A study done in Japan showed that the polyphenol compounds found in apples may help with overall body fat composition.
The polyphenol compounds help increase adiponectin levels. Adiponectin is a protein that helps with fat metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and energy regulation.
When your adiponectin levels are low you are more likely to have high blood pressure, inflammation in your body, and be insulin resistant.
While no one really knows exactly how many apples you should eat per day to get the full list of benefits, adding just one a day to your daily meal plan is a great start.
4 – Blueberries
We all know that blueberries have a wealth of health benefits. But did you know they can also help you develop that coveted six pack?
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published an investigation that found the antioxidant compound pterostilbene, which is found in blueberries, reduces the activity of enzymes that takes place during fat storage.
As a result you may find your muffin top starting to tighten up once you start including blueberries in your daily eating plan.
Even better is the fact that, the more blueberries you eat, the less weight you will gain over the long haul.
If at all possible, opt for the wild blueberries as they have a higher skin-to-flesh ratio.
5 – Salmon
Not only is salmon delicious, but it is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that individuals who took an Omega 3 supplement on a daily basis and performed around 2 hours of cardio per week saw a noticeable reduction in body fat percentage.
Those that did not take the Omega 3 supplement hardly lost any fat at all.
Adding salmon to your diet is a great way to give your weight loss efforts a big boost.
6 – Hot Sauce
Add a little hot sauce to your meals and it can show serious dividends on the scale.
If you are serious about kicking your metabolism into high gear consider sprinkling a little Capsaicin on your next meal.
It tastes great on rice, chicken, vegetables and eggs.
Capsaicin is also known for its ability to help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. As a result you will consume less calories throughout the day.
7 – Greek Yogurt
One of the first things people get rid of when trying to lose weight is dairy products. But guess what? There is no need to get rid of all your favorite dairy products.
As a matter of fact, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that overweight individuals who consumed a high dairy, high protein diet, and exercised on a daily basis, were able to lose more body fat and pack on more lean muscle than those individuals who consumed a low dairy, low protein diet.
Greek yogurt is not only delicious, but it is also an excellent source of protein.
Research has shown that having Greek yogurt as an afternoon snack is a great way to bolster satiety. To give it a little extra nutritional value consider adding in a serving of berries.
For best results always opt for plain Greek yogurt instead of the sugary flavors that tend to have a ton of unwanted ingredients and calories.