Spring is finally here, bringing with it the joy of lighter evenings and warmer weather, along with the fear of getting our bodies out on the beach. If you feel you’ve let yourself go a little thanks to overindulging during the winter months, try feasting on these body toning superfoods instead and you’ll soon feel confident enough to don that swimming costume once again.
A report from the Diabetes Care journal found that dieters who ate monounsaturated fats lost more weight from their stomachs than those eating the same number of calories, but less fat. Spikes in your blood sugar encourage your body to store fat around your tummy, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes and therefore the fat. Half a medium avocado provides 10 grams of this magic fat, so get eating!
Lean chicken breast
Plenty of protein helps you build bigger and stronger muscles, which help you burn more calories, and helps you burn them quickly, as well as toning you up and anchoring all those wobbly bits. A grilled chicken breast is ideal for this as it’s almost entirely protein and contains very little fat. If you’re vegetarian, try boiled or poached eggs. Avoid frying them, as you’ll be absorbing the fattening oil that they’re cooked in as well as the good stuff.
Those dark green leaves are absolutely packed with iron and vitamin C, which, apart from generally being very good for you, help your bodies to produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that is amazing for your skin and muscles, giving them their toned and elastic properties and making you look youthful. Spinach is also a great source of fibre, which keeps your stomach fuller for longer and stops you from snacking.
You won’t tone up without exercising, and exercise requires that you have plenty of energy, which means eating carbs. White, refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar that encourage your body to store fat, whereas complex, wholegrain varieties, such as brown rice, help control blood sugar levels. Brown rice is also a good source of protein, so, like spinach, it will keep you feeling full.
Green tea speeds up your metabolism and makes your body to burn fat quicker, as well as inhibiting fat absorption and helping glucose regulation, all thanks to the natural antioxidants it contains called catechin polyphenols. If you drink three to five cups a day you’ll soon notice the sculpted body that you always wanted appearing.