We often get asked what one should eat in order to burn fat. People automatically think they should head straight to the “low-fat” or “diet” products in their local grocers or worse, starve themselves to their goal weight – but all of these methods will only damage your metabolism and caught weight gain.
Instead, eating intelligently and stocking your kitchen with the right foods will help you reach that goal weight without feeling deprived. Here is our list of our top 10 fat burning foods you should be eating:
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
Most people think eating low-fat yoghurt or fat-free yoghurt will get them on the weight loss track but they would be sorely mistaken. Greek yogurt is packed with a bigger protein punch, with less sugar than ordinary yogurt. It also has multiple uses too – for example you can use it as a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise. You can also use it in your baking to replace other fats and oils.
Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down). E.g Chicken, lean beef, fish
According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds (2.7kg) in eight weeks. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.
One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently.
Capsicin, the compound that gives chilli peppers their strength, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers.
E.g Chillies, Cayenne Pepper
They can also help you shed some fat. Broccoli fills you up, but it’s not just a filler. It has tons of nutrients in every bite and it’s also packed with fiber so it keeps you regular, which keeps you feeling good. Jazz it up with spices or peppers.
The wonderful thing about blueberries and weight loss is that it’s not just general weight that you lose, but specifically the fat. They help the body break down fats and sugars. Just be sure to eat them without adding sugar to them. Many other berries can help on your weight loss journey, so broaden your horizons and have berries!
Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
The enzymes in apple cider vinegar help the digestive system and have been shown to promote gradual weight loss. The recommended way to take it is adding it to distilled water and drinking it before a meal. It will help your food get digested properly so your body can use the nutrients the food contains.
It also works to suppress your appetite, so if you find that you become ravenous between meals and are looking for a way to calm your urges until the next meal time, this may be a solution for you.
It’s not just for baking anymore. You can get weight loss benefits simply by adding more cinnamon to your diet, with a teaspoon a day showing positive results. Cinnamon helps to regulate your blood glucose levels. These play a major part in how you feel throughout the day, how energetic you are, or how sluggish you can get.
Maintaining good blood sugar levels also helps you resist cravings. Just make sure that you’re not counting that cinnamon on your cinnamon pastries and doughnuts!