Foods to help you lose weight: How to shed a few pounds this summer

PHOENIX - Let's face it, now that summer is here we would all like to look good in a bathing suit! So, why not give your metabolism a little jump-start by incorporating foods into your diet to get your body on cruise control.     

o   Studies have shown that foods containing caffeine and natural antioxidant, catechin increase 24-hour energy expenditure and fax oxidation.
o   The Fuel: Green Tea, Dark Chocolate, Berries

Studies have shown that a spicy meal or snack, rich in the active component capsacin, can provide a temporary rise in metabolism of about 8% greater than a person's typical metabolic rate. This temporary boost helps to suppress your desire to eat.
o   The Fuel: Jalapeno, Cayenne and Chili Peppers

o Study's show h igh fiber foods keep your insulin levels steady and move excess calories through your system quicker which helps your body prevent fat storage.
o   The Fuel: Fruits, Vegetables, Brown Rice, Whole Grains

o   Study's show Omega-3 fatty acids lower levels of the hormone leptin helping to control energy intake/expenditure and speed up your metabolism.
o   The Fuel: Flax, Chia

Learn more about healthy eating habits by contacting Registered Dietitian, Maya Nahra, of My Intentful Life at (480) 481-6697 or online at:

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