Denver Cardiologist Tips: Weight Loss Foods For the New Year

2013 is on its way out, and the holiday season is reaching its inevitable conclusion. Memories were made, gifts were received, and feasts were had. As people look towards 2014, there is one question on everybody’s minds: How do you drop all the extra weight gained during the holidays? Fortunately, the Denver cardiologists at South Denver Cardiology have you covered. It should go without saying, that no diet is effective without a complimentary exercise routine. With that said, here is a list of effective weight loss foods for 2014, courtesy of your favorite cardiologists in Denver.

  • Mushrooms – Often considered a low-calorie, tasteful substitute for meats.
  • Apples – High in fiber, low in calories, helps to lower cholesterol and a good apple will make you feel full fast.
  • Broth Based Soup – Not only is soup low in fat content, but it contains several antioxidants that promote good heart health. One of the best foods to fill you up.
  • Oatmeal – Contains slow-release carbohydrates, which are less likely to signal insulin release in your body, the chemical necessary to tell your body to store fat. The soluble fiber also helps decrease LDL cholesterol.
  • Chile Peppers – Contains the chemical capsaicin, which stimulates the body’s metabolic system to burn more calories than usual.
  • Black Beans – Contains 15 grams of protein per serving, without the saturated fat content found in most meats. Excellent source of soluble fiber helps decrease LDL cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
  • Brown rice – Always a good substitute for not-so-stellar white rice, brown rice contains resistant starches that stimulate your metabolism to burn fat.
  • Wine – Contains resveratol, a chemical found on grape skins that slows down fat storage.
  • Green Tea – Contains a slew of antioxidants and chemicals that promote calorie burning.
  • Lentils – Like brown rice, contains resistant starch and soluble fiber.
  • Potatoes – While high in carbohydrates, they also contain high traces of resistant starch, which promotes fat burning. Furthermore, feeling full on potatoes is an easy task.

The list can go on and on, but ultimately, a healthy diet of the above foods will help you feel full, while promoting weight loss, so that when you’re hitting the gym in 2014, you’re optimizing the amount of calories you’re burning.

How To Use This Information

 If you’re looking for some low-calorie, low-fat, metabolic raising foods to kick-off the New Year, this list is for you. Begin your weight loss regiment this 2014 by finding recipes that include the above foods. Then, make sure your heart is healthy by making an appointment at South Denver Cardiology. What good is weight loss without a healthy heart? For more information, call 303-744-1065 or visit us here.