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This is a guest post by Alex, editor of howtoloseweighthealthy.com
Do you know that it is possible to burn fat by just eating certain types of food? Well, you should know that past and recent studies have shown that these foods certainly exist, and they are not just limited to a few items.
Today, we will discuss the top 10 fat burning foods, how they affect the body, and how they can help you in your weight loss and fitness goals.
1. Oat meal
Oats are commonly found in cereals, and they contain a lot of fibre, which can help you burn fat through the natural increase of your metabolic rate. They also promote good digestion and cleansing of the digestive system by removing excess fat lying anywhere around it.
Jalapeno or cayenne pepper is hot (a few are not) spices that contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin promotes a tension in the hormones that helps increase metabolism, and also lowers blood glucose by controlling excessive release of insulin. Jalapeno is considered healthy additives to your recipes and meals, may it be green, red or yellow.
Tomatoes are good oxidizers of body fat. In simple words this means that they help metabolize fat. They also lower blood pressure and help fight certain types of cancer. Tomatoes and tomato sauce are easily associated with different dishes and should not be missing from your daily meals.
Garlic is another food item that adds flavour to your dish, which is also a proven fat burner. Alicin, a component of garlic, helps to naturally flush away fat from the body. They make a good team with spices if you want to really have a good tasty treat on your meat and vegetable dishes.
Eggs are great for breakfast and are quite a good source of protein. Basically, eggs (without the egg yolk) are one of the healthiest forms of protein, and since our bodies use more energy to digest protein, we tend to burn more fat when we consume it.
Broccoli is a good fat burner due to its high fibre content and natural low calorie level. It gets you to burn more calories and fat rather than what it can actually offer. Most green vegetables actually help you to burn fat. They are called green fibrous fat burners. Next time you get to choose, which is preferable, go for the green, the colour serves as a go signal for fat burning!
Beans are considered as the top fat burning food for men. They contain many nutrients and low calories. Beans can increase your metabolism, since they contain a good amount of fibre and protein.
Owing to its high content of insoluble fibre, berries are good fat burners. Insoluble fibre is quite helpful in resisting absorption of calories. You can have berries as snacks or as a way to treat your sweet tooth.
Apples are good in burning fat due to high fibre. They also carry a few calories and are suitable to have as a snack. Just like vegetables, fruits generally have good fat burning characteristics. Make sure you don’t go for calorie dense fruits like raisins; go for those that contain only 60 to 80 calories a piece.
The healthy fruits that can help you burn fat other than apple are your oranges, peaches, grape fruits and other citrus fruits.
10. Turkey or any Lean meat
If you really need to have meat in your meals then go for lean meat. Lean meat gives you a good source of amino acid, which helps maintain a healthy muscle mass and promotes metabolism. Turkey and chicken meat, however, are quite low in calories compared to other lean meats, which is why they are quite favourable to have.
Lastly, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the top ten fat burning foods above, rather you should consider these food items as your stepping stone or a “strictly-followed” list for starters, but when you get along with these, you can add more variety, and you will be amazed that there are quite a lot.
Of course relying on the top ten fat burning foods alone, will not guarantee immediate weight loss, but add some exercise, and you will surely be on the highway!
If you enjoyed reading this article then you can also read Alex’s latest article: How to lose 20 pounds in a month