5 Foods That Burn Fat (#3 will surprise you!)
By Andrea Johnson
To lose weight, there are a few things to consider. If you find yourself filling your plate to the brim at each meal, you may be someone that needs to focus more on eating less. And if you’re someone who sits at a desk all day, comes home and lounges on the couch, you may need to focus on moving your body more. Either way, you have to make healthier and smarter choices. And while it’s true that you need a calorie deficit to lose weight, not all calories are created equal. Some calories are stored as fat, while others boost your metabolism and even burn fat!
With a few simple swaps and upgrades to your current diet, you will be that much closer to reaching your health – and weight loss – goals. These particular types of foods help to speed up your metabolism and in some cases, can even help you feel full for longer periods of time so you eat less.
So, forget about those unrealistic, short-term, depriving fad diets and incorporate these 5 foods into your daily diet instead to help nudge your scale in the right direction and make you a fat burning machine!
1. Coconut Oil – It could be called the weight loss oil and it’s backed up by science. It contains medium-chain triglycerides that boost your metabolism, helping you to burn fat and improve thyroid function. If that isn’t enough, coconut oil also helps to control your appetite and stabilize your blood sugar. Fat cannot be burned when insulin levels are high, so you need to keep your blood sugar stable. Replace your current oil with coconut oil to reap the benefits. And bonus: coconut oil is one of the few oils that can be heated at high temps without becoming rancid (even olive oil can’t do that!).
2. Hot Peppers – The capsaicin in hot peppers heats up your body, which helps you burn fat and additional calories. According to studies, eating a single hot pepper can boost your metabolism by up to 25%! And the fat-burning process can last for up to 3 hours after you eat it. You might not want to eat a hot pepper if you can’t take the heat, but you can get the same results from cayenne pepper, jalapenos or other hot peppers. Simply add them to your meals throughout the day. Sprinkle some on everything – your eggs, a pinch in your smoothie, even a dash in your morning oatmeal. It’s also a great addition to your water with a little lemon juice.
3. Lean Protein – Protein is thermogenic, meaning it produces heat as it digests. Heat burns calories and fat. In fact, it uses about 30% of its calories to digest itself. So your 100 calorie chicken breast is actually 70 calories! Protein also helps your body build muscle and muscle burns fat! You get the most benefits from lean whole meat, like wild Alaskan salmon, organic free-range chicken and turkey. As a super bonus, these meats also help to keep you fuller longer so you don’t eat as much.
4. Avocados – You probably know that this fruit is the main ingredient in your guacamole, but did you know that it is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and many nutrients? The monounsaturated fats in avocados encourage fat burning along with a healthy diet. The fiber helps to keep you full and stabilize your blood sugar. Avocados are also rich in potassium, which helps nutrients become muscle.
5. Green Tea – Keep a pitcher of green tea in your fridge. Green tea contains both caffeine and EGCG. And when they both work together, they help you burn fat! You can boost this benefit further by having a cup of green tea before your workout. Several studies show that green tea can boost fat burning and the effect is even stronger when exercising. According to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking 4 cups of green tea a day can help you lose 6 pounds over eight weeks.
Food has much more power than you give it credit for. Some foods burn fat, stabilize your blood sugar, keep you full longer and curb your appetite, while other foods have the power to do just the opposite. The daily choices you make have an impact on your weight, your health and your overall well-being so be sure to choose wisely.
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Andrea Johnson is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with Whole Plate. She specializes in autoimmune diseases, weight loss and preventative health. She is a member of the Health Coach Group, The Inner Circle and the International Association for Health Coaches.
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