Believe it or not, it’s true: Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally scorch calories as you chew. Your body actually doesn’t want to store fat and we know, it sounds like it’s too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their parts, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. Research shows that our bodies’ inner eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of whack, thanks to cues we send it all day with the wrong foods—and too much artificial light at night. So, I guess now we understand the importance of a balanced diet.
Here are 5 foods that burn fat which nutritionists recommend.
By now, I guess you’re probably noticing a trend – the higher a food’s protein content, the better it is for weight loss. Your body has to spend more calories breaking down protein, making it automatically better for burning fat, and it also takes your body longer to digest protein.
Lentils are an excellent choice because they are very high in protein, yet very low in fat. In fact, they have one of the lowest fat contents of any protein-rich food. 100 grams of lentils provide 26 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of iron (60 percent of your daily needs). In a recent 18-month study, people who enjoyed lots of pulses like lentils lost more belly weight! Their fibre intake was higher, vitamins and minerals like chromium were better maintained, and the glycemic index of their meals was lower. The glycemic index measures how fast a food raises your blood sugar. If your blood sugar goes too high, then insulin will shuttle more fat around your middle. Add them to your soup recipes, or put them in regular rotation as a side dish.
Green tea is more than just hot, flavored water. It is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Green tea really can help with weight loss, a new study has found. It contains a substance known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been scientifically proven to provide your metabolism with a temporary boost. EGCG is an antioxidant which helps your body make better use of a naturally occurring hormone and neurotransmitter called norepinephrine.
One recent study showed that men who took dietary supplements containing EGCG burned 17 percent more fat by exercising than men who didn’t. If you’re regularly exercising and eating a low-calorie diet, incorporate hot or cold green tea into your diet to kick your fat-burning regimen into overdrive.
Lean meats comes at the 3rd spot on our ‘Foods That Burn Fat’ list. Including meat in a well-balanced diet is a way to get a sufficient amount of high-quality protein. Turkey and chicken are both very lean sources of protein, and both have what is known in dietary circles as a “high thermogenic effect.” The key is to stick with lean meats because they contain less total fat, as well as lower amounts of saturated fats. If want to make a six pack, lean meat is a must. Animal proteins increase thermogenesis more than vegetable proteins, so the best calorie-burning foods are lean meats.
However, turkey and chicken both come with an important stipulation. If you want to maximize the fat-burning potential of these meats, it’s important to take the skin off. Poultry skin is very high in fat, and it will significantly alter the nutrition content of the meat. Get rid of it, and flavor the meat with spices or low-calorie, low-sugar sauces.
We knew there was a reason we loved our morning cup of Joe! Caffeine is often called most widely consumed drug in the world. According to an article in New Scientist, 90 percent of Americans report using caffeine everyday. Coffee contains caffeine and it has made its way to most commercial fat burning supplements, for good reason.It is one of the few substances that is known to help mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism. People often consume caffeine to increase their energy and alertness levels.
Caffeine can suppress your appetite, increasing your metabolism and enhancing the benefits of exercise. The theory that caffeine suppresses your appetite is based on caffeine’s effect on the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine. These neurotransmitters tell you when you are hungry. Low serotonin levels can cause you to crave carbohydrate-rich foods. By increasing these levels from caffeine intake, you may reduce or eliminate these cravings. Generally, only certain groups of people (like pregnant women or people with heart disease) are warned to avoid caffeine.
In addition to moderating consumption, you should also be careful about what you add to your coffee. Piling on the sugar and heavy cream will turn this metabolism-boosting beverage into a fat trap. Coffee is healthiest when it’s consumed black, so if you can make that transition, your body will thank you for it.
You already know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but apples can also help keep the calories away as well. “To keep the pounds at bay, eat an apple–or two–a day.” The great things about apples is that a large one contains five grams of fibre, which helps to keep you to feeling satisfied.
When our estrogen is balanced, it is easier to fight PMS and reduce water weight. Apples contain a whopping 7mg of calcium D-glucarate, a phytochemical that plays an important role in liver detoxification and estrogen balance. A few crispy bites is a safe way to elevate your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, providing you with a nutrient-rich, low-calorie source of satisfying energy. A medium-sized apple has just 80 calories, with all kinds of antioxidants and absolutely no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol. Like berries, apples make a great midday snack.
Given that apples are also rich in antioxidants, they can help improve your body’s blood flow and help you build healthier, stronger muscles. As a general rule of thumb, choose apples with darker skins more often. The darker an apple’s skin, the richer it is in antioxidants, and the stronger its fat-burning effects will be.