Ten Foods that burn Fat

To help the body with energy to burn calories, certain foods can definitely give it a boost to burn stored fat. Let’s look at ten of the foods that can help you burn fat effectively.

Fat Burning Foods

Fat burning foods are not processed

Did you know that certain foods can contribute to burning fat? It has been proven that certain types of foods are excellent fat burners and can help you stay more healthy. Let’s look at some of these foods and how they can help you address the fat stored in your body.

When we digest food our bodies have to work hard and the work requires energy. The energy is provided from the food we eat. The amount of energy depends on the actual type of food you eat.

So, for example, processed foods take little energy to digest, they are digested quickly and therefore, get stored as fat. There is not much nutrition in these kind of foods and the vitamin and fibre content is very low in these kind of foods. For example, fries, burgers, processed meats and vegetables, and many tinned foods.

The fast digestion of these kinds of foods causes a dramatic increase in your blood sugar levels and subsequently, a similar drop of levels. Not many calories are used to digest this food and the digestion process  makes you feel tired and hungry again in a short time.

Foods that burn fat work in the opposite way to these kinds of foods. They make the body work harder and use more energy. Fat burning foods are not processed, changed, coloured or ‘re-created’ in any manner. The more fresh and natural they are, the more they will fill you up, use more calories during digestion and provide excellent nutrition for your body.

Your metabolism, which is is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself, will be also assisted by fat burning foods. They will help flushing fat out and help you use up more energy compared to foods that are not good for you.

Eating fat burning foods can be a great way to help weight loss in addition to regular exercise.

Foods that are high in protein and fibre are the best kinds of food to eat if you want to burn fat around your middle.

These are oats, barely, wholewheat etc. based foods. Choose granary bread, brown pasta and rice, wholegrain cereal with no added sugar or salt, oatmeal porridge and so on – the more unprocessed the better.

The wholegrain part is called insoluble fibre, provides bulk and is not digested by the gut – it passes through the bowel and “cleans up” as it goes. Insoluble fibre helps clear out fatty deposits and is essential for bowel health. Foods containing fibre fill you up for longer as they take longer to digest.

Soybeans contain lecithin, this chemical will shield your cells from accumulating fat. This chemical prevents, like a shield, fat from forming on your cells. It will also break down fatty deposits in your body.

Eat soybeans at least 3 times a week and you’ll be boosting your bodies ability to get rid of fat. You can find soybeans in most health food stores.

Tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce (as dark green type as possible), celery, spring onions, radishes – all contain few calories and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-cancer compounds. They flush out your kidneys as they contain mostly water, and burn more calories during digestion than they contain.

Add them to every meal – sneak them into every sandwich, put a bowl of salad on the table with every meal or snack on them between meals.

Apples contain a chemical call pectin. This chemical is found in most berries, and fresh fruit. The pectin is in the cell walls of most fruits, especially apples.

Pectin limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. This will put a natural limitation on the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Pectin, once in your system, has a water binding property, it absorbs watery substances, and these watery substances in turn bombards the cells and makes it release fat deposits.

Add apple sauce, apples, fresh fruit and berries, to your diet to allow pectin destroy the fat that accumulates on your cells. An apple a day can help keep the fat away.

Foods containing chillies or cayanne pepper are considered to be good for burn fat.

Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

Research conducted by the USDA has proven that as little as a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon added to food helps your body to metabolize sugar 20 times faster and lower your body’s blood-sugar levels.

Feel free to sprinkle some over your cereal, on fruit, in your cooking and try adding it to smoothies.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, a bacteria destroyer and a blood sugar regulator, garlic also has the ability to speed up your fat-burning. It works like a thermogenic in your body, boosts your metabolism and keeps your insulin levels low to maximise fat burning.

Garlic oil or the juice of garlic has a significant protective quality to cells which help to reduce fatty deposits.

Garlic, garlic oil, or anything with garlic, also has an antibiotic property to it and can be used to cure many ailments. It can be used as an antibiotic, it also destroys bacterial infections, and has the power to reduce fat in your cells dramatically.

A known vasodilator, ginger expands the blood vessels, increases body heat and metabolism by 20%. Whether you consume it ground, fresh or in a tea, ginger is a fat-burning beauty.

Ginger also detoxifies the body and stimulates circulation. So try and use ginger as much you can in cooking to help.

Citrus fruits like, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and limes contain high concentrations of Vitamin C (this is also called ascorbic acid). This Vitamin C has a fat burning quality.

Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat. It reduces its content and can liquefy or dilute fat. By diluting the fat, it makes it less effective, and easier to flush out of your system. Vitamin C also works on cholesterol deposits. Vitamin C can help burn out the cholesterol, hence, making it difficult for cholesterol deposits to form in blood vessels.

By adding Citrus Fruits to your daily diet, try every meal and also a snack, you will great increase your metabolism, increase your ability to get rid of fat, and also help you to control your cholesterol levels.

Eggs are super high in protein and can help you burn that unwanted belly fat. You may have heard all the warnings about eggs and your health. That’s because a couple of eggs may increase the recommended daily amount of cholesterol. However, more recent studies have shown that the dietary cholesterol in eggs has a minimal impact on blood cholesterol. Dietary fat is the real problem that raises your bad cholesterol levels. Eggs contain the vitamin B12, a great supplement for breaking down fat cells.

However, if you’re still worried about your overall cholesterol intake from eating too many eggs, you can remove the yolk and still benefit from the high protein contained in eggs.

Of course these fat burning foods will not work on their own. You need to maintain a healthy diet – drink plenty of water and eat complex carbohydrates along with lean protein and healthy fats. And do not forget to exercise regularly.

Adding these fat burning foods to your diet every day will contribute to your health, weight and well-being. So not only can you aim to look good but you can feel great too!

Nazhat is an ambitious 'Desi' woman with interests in news and lifestyle. As a writer with a determined journalistic flair, she firmly believes in the motto "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," by Benjamin Franklin.