5 Fat Burning Foods That Help You Slim Down
By Roy Kim, Jul 13 2015
Fat burning foods are an important part of a healthy diet – especially if you have a weight loss goal. It’s one thing to reduce your calories by eliminating foods that contribute to weight gain, but it’s another to eat foods that actually improve your body’s natural ability to burn fat. No matter how much you work in the gym, it won’t show if you’re not doing the work you need to do in the kitchen. Much of the fat that your body stores can’t be burned by simply spending hours on the treadmill. You have to put as much effort (or more) into your time in the kitchen.
Here are 5 fat burning foods that you can add to your weight loss menu. They are known to torch fat fast and without having to spend one minute in the gym!
- Spices. Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories (and fat). Did you know that certain spicy foods can actually increase your metabolic rate? You can light your thermogenic furnace with foods that pack some heat. Cayenne pepper, chili pepper and black pepper are spices that you can use in many different recipes to boost your metabolism for fat loss. Hot peppers contain a unique substance called capsaicin that has been shown in clinical studies to increase energy expenditure following a meal. The extra heat these foods bring to the table requires MORE energy to digest and that increases the number of calories burned during the digestive process for greater fat loss results.Black pepper contains a compound called piperine that has been shown to help reduce body weight and fat mass in animal studies. So spice up your next meal.
- Green Tea. This drink is not only one of the most widely consumed and healthful beverages in the world, it also is ultra-friendly to your waistline. Tea is delicious warm or cold and tastes great with a touch of honey or lemon. The compounds in green tea that give it its antioxidant ability are also responsible for their capacity to increase your fat burning potential. Called catechins, these compounds work to inhibit a particular enzyme in your body responsible for thermogenesis. Recent studies have shown that the substances found in green tea also enhance weight loss though other mechanisms including the improvement of insulin sensitivity.
- Whole Grains. Add these to your grocery list: amaranth, barley, quinoa, millet, oats and sorghum. These fat burning foods contain a wide range of nutrients known to improve satiety including a good source of fiber.
- Coconut Oil. This healthy cooking oil contains essential fatty acids including lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid and myristic acid. These are known as medium-chain triglycerides and have been shown in clinical studies to reduce body fat composition overall, with significant effects on abdominal fat. These fatty acids aren’t just good for weight loss. Use coconut oil topically for softer skin and silky smooth hair.
- CHOMP Snack Sticks. Grass fed beef provides a natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA. This compound is known to be especially effective for developing lean body mass and when consumed from beef snack sticks also offers a good source of dietary protein for muscle development. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so bodies with a higher muscle mass also burn fat faster. Add grass fed beef jerky to your fat loss snack list!
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