During these long days of perpetual darkness, it can feel like there is a magnet attached to your hand and another to the fridge door.

The deepest parts of our psychology are at work here.

The primal part of us that lays dormant inside of our brains and only pops its head up when we really don’t want it.

We can deny it, we can try to suppress it.

But your brain and body honestly believes that you live in a cave and that the darkness and cold spells danger. A long harsh winter.

Rather than cosy up next to a woolly mammoth,

or build a fire pit on top of your kitchen table, your brain triggers the hand magnet. Gently calling inside your brain,

FOOD,

lovely carbohydrate rich FOOOOOD. (this is normally during a call with Malcolm who has been droning on about processing or something, who knows )

Now as helpful as the primal brain is to our survival, in this instance it is going to 100% make us put on more body fat (not good!) The sitting down for prolonged periods and the lack of general movements means we must come up with a plan.

Let’s do this. Our top 5 Thermogenic snacks (but what’s a thermogenic snack?)

Thermogenic foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts, and seeds, could help increase your metabolism for a few hours. They do so by requiring your body to use more energy to digest them. This is known as the thermic effect of food.

So here goes, try our top five thermogenic snacks, and swap out the high carb, high sugar snacks and watch as your belt line gets smaller as you talk to Malcolm about computers.

1) Green Tea.

Many studies show that green tea extract increased thermogenesis. Credit EGCG (a compound in green tea brew) for speeding up your metabolism.

Snack options: drink it either hot or cold, depending on the time of year. Another tip to turbocharge its fat burning effect is by consuming it first thing in the morning, before anything else. It will wake you up too.

2) Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil contains essential fatty acids known as Medium Chain Fatty Acids.

Studies continue to show that these fatty acids can keep you full longer, allowing you to eat significant less per day.

A 12-week randomized controlled trial in 40 women aged 20–40 years shows that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.

Snack options: Try adding this to your coffee first thing in the morning (great if intermittent fasting.)

3) Jerky.

Lean meats have a high thermogenic effect on the body. In fact, up to 30% of the calories in lean meats are burned up during digestion. Red meat provides essential proteins for building muscle and bone. It also contains immune-boosting zinc and plenty of B12.

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4) Eggs.

Omega-3 fats improve insulin sensitivity (stopping peaks and troughs in blood sugar and then balancing the release of insulin) thus naturally trimming abdominal fat. A perfect protein, eggs contain nine essential amino acids (building blocks of our body) and polyunsaturated fats (healthy fats) that naturally decrease inflammation.

Snack options: Try boiling some eggs for 8 minutes in the morning, cool them in ice water and peel. Chop in half with a little salt and pepper and eat them as a snack

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5) Chilli.

High in vitamins A, C, B6, and K, as well as potassium, red-hot chilli peppers make a strong case for eating spicy foods. The most notable fat-burning compound found in chillies is capsaicin, which has a thermogenic effect that may cause the body to burn more calories.

Speak soon

Cameron, Tony, and the TRUTH team