When you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, making a drastic change to your diet is likely to be one of the first steps you’ll take. After all, the food you consume has much more bearing on your weight than exercise does. It’s true what they say – you can’t outrun a bad diet! But are all healthy foods created equal? In reality, they’re not!
As you can imagine, every healthy food has its benefits. Some are rich in vitamins and minerals, others are low-calorie fillers used to bulk out meals. But there’s a third type of healthy food – that which can actually promote fat burning in the body.
Sound too good to be true? Well, actually a small proportion of foods actually do actively promote weight loss when eaten on a regular basis.
In this article, we’ll discuss:
- How certain foods promote fat burn
- The top 6 fat burning foods you should incorporate into your diet this week
How do certain foods burn fat?
Like most dieters, you’re probably used to eating for energy and going to the gym to ‘burn’ fat. However, physical activity isn’t the only way you can promote fat loss. In fact, eating certain types of foods over others is a deliciously simple way to boost your metabolism.
Before going into too much detail, it’s important to note that no one food is going to ‘burn’ fat in the traditional sense. This means you can’t just eat ‘fat burning foods’, engage in no physical activity, and expect to look fantastic in a few weeks. Instead, you should always aim to eat healthily and engage in physical activity (including weight lifting), to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way.
Most fat burning foods work one of three ways:
1 They have a thermogenic effect – Many ‘fat burning’ foods are thought to burn fat because they create a more prominent thermogenic effect in the body. Thermogenic foods are foods that cause the body to burn more calories to utilize foods you’ve eaten. Your body typically burns only a small percentage of calories through thermogenesis – no more than 10 percent – but fat burning foods essentially stoke the effect.
2 They contain nutrients or compounds that speed up fat loss – Some foods contain certain nutrients or compounds that kick-start the body’s metabolism, making it easier for you to burn the calories you’re consuming. Others trigger hormones that instruct the body to release fat, again benefitting your fat loss efforts.
3 They eliminate toxins – Stored environmental toxins can impede your body’s ability to balance blood sugar and metabolize cholesterol. Over time, toxins naturally build up in your body. If you have a significant amount of adipose (fat) tissue, these toxins get stored away and make it more difficult to lose weight. Certain foods can help to flush these toxins out of the body.
Wondering which foods can do this? Read on!
6 Fat burning foods you should start eating ASAP
The following are our 6 favourite fat burning foods you should add to your grocery list this week:
Even if you’ve never heard of kefir, you’ve probably heard of probiotics. And, while it’s true that probiotics are great for gut health, they’re also a great way to fire up your weight loss. Kefir promotes fat burning by increasing dietary calcium in your cells, helping your body to relax and break down excess fat more readily. If you don’t like kefir, other probiotics can serve a similar purpose in your diet, so take a look in the yogurt aisle of your local store.
Tamarind is a fruit you probably haven’t seen or heard of, unless you’ve traveled to India or Southeast Asia. Tamarind reduces body fat by promoting thermogenic effects in the body while keeping you feeling full for longer. Many smart dieters incorporate tamarind into their diets as a paste in dahls, chicken dishes, or other Indian-inspired cuisine.
Another spice from an Indian influence; turmeric is known to decrease inflammation – even in fat cells! Studies in mice have shown that a diet rich in curcumin (an active element of turmeric), caused the mice to gain less weight and actually lowered their body fat percentage.
The health benefits of tomatoes are frequently underestimated. Not many people realise it, but they too can help reduce inflammation in fat cells. A study from the British Journal of Nutrition found that drinking 11 ounces of tomato juice for just under three weeks reduced inflammation of fat cells in overweight women.
5 Fatty Fish, like Salmon
The omega-3 oils in most fish improve insulin sensitivity. Because insulin can break down fat through its anabolic properties, eating a diet rich in fatty fish, such as salmon, can improve insulin sensitivity and promote fat burning in the body.
Everyone loves avocados, and because of their ability to improve hormone communication throughout the body, this popular fruit also has fat burning properties. The monounsaturated fat in avocados allows fat cells to communicate better with the body’s fat-burning hormones. And, because avocados also clean up free radicals, you gain 2 health benefits for the price of one!
Combining fat burning foods and supplements boosts weight loss!
It goes without saying that you need to eat a healthy balanced diet for effective weight loss, but incorporating more of these fat burning foods into your diet can help you to speed up that process.
If you’re looking for an additional boost, a comprehensive weight loss supplement such as PhenQ is a simple way to burn more fat in addition to your dietary efforts. Containing capsicum, it too can offer a thermogenic effect alongside the benefits of its various other fat-banishing ingredients such as calcium, chromium, caffeine, nopal and carnitine. Taking PhenQ, combined with a healthy diet and an increased consumption of the 6 fat burning foods above will see your weight loss skyrocket!
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