Food Ordering Tips for surviving the New Year’s Resolutions
Adding Ingredients to subtract calories
Already fed up with the sweeping declarations of the 1st of January? Well, you are not the only one. Most studies show that resolutions begin to drop even after a week. In fact, just 8% of people actually achieve their yearly resolutions. Healthier food orders had a huge jump in the first days of January but they now seem to lose the primacy, so Hellofood would like to offer some tips to keep on going.
The devil is in the details: Even small changes can do the trick, such as adjusting the toppings of your favourite burger. That said, there is no need to go for a completely naked burger in order to keep it low-cal. Some sinful foods can surprisingly have slimming effects when they contain these “magic” ingredients that can influence the way your body processes the calories and fat it consumes.
Hellofood has listed some delicious alternatives to your burger or pizza toppings, dips, spices, beverages and desserts. Here’s how you can adjust your order to make it more nutritious and even burn some fat.
Restaurants use too much or sometimes it’s much less innocent of what you thought: McDonald’s Caesar Salad’s dressing is more fattening than their hamburger.
Ask for less cheese on your pizza: It doesn’t make such a difference on the taste- especially if you plan to add some veggie toppings as well.
Get mustard with your meal and feel the burn—literally! Scientists at England’s Oxford Polytechnic Institute found that by eating 1 tsp of mustard can boost the metabolism by up to 25% for several hours after eating.
Greek yogurt and sour cream are so similar in taste and texture that you really have no excuse but to go Greek and save about 50 calories and 7 grams of fat per dollop.
Avocado’s unique combo of essential fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants helps you speed up your metabolism, ward off the munchies and keep you full. A study published in Nutrition Journal found that participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40% decreased desire to eat for hours afterwards.
That burn is more than just in your mouth: chilies can propel the body to burn an extra 50 to 100 calories following a spicy meal. So next time you order a burger, pizza or chicken, but cannot handle the actual chili, choose the hot sauce as a topping.
Spices are also interesting add-ons that contribute in fat burning. Black or red pepper, cayenne pepper or cumin are the most effective. Cumin is commonly used in Mexican, Indian and Moroccan cuisines. Lose the salt, and season with any of these all your meals as a hot addition as well as an appetite suppressant.
Go for the Salmon burger for a change- it’s full of the good fats and goes perfect with lots of green toppings, especially rocket and avocado. Research suggests the omega-3s in salmon and other fatty fish help build muscle- and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Yes, red wine is indeed beneficial – if drank modestly that is. Replace your Diet Coke with a glass of red wine – it is much healthier, less fatty and definitely more fun. Also, it appears to slow the growth of fat cells, which means that rather than topping up your calorie total, red wine could be a weightwatcher’s friend.
Digest with Dark Chocolate
Even though chocolate has many calories, dark chocolate contains antioxidants and ingredients such as bioflavonoids that promote weight loss. A study found that dark chocolate-eaters tended to be slimmer than those who didn’t touch the stuff. They were also less likely to get heart disease or suffer strokes. So there’s no need to cut your dessert, just go for the dark chocolate.
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