You already know that a regular exercise regimen that includes both cardio exercises and resistance training is the best way to lose weight. The problem is that you just can’t motivate yourself to do it, right?
[Eating tons of hot dogs may be fun and it may be tasty, but one thing it isn't is burning fat!]
Well if I told you that regular exercise, combined with eating foods that burn fat would help you achieve healthy weight loss results, would that motivate you? Then keep reading to find out which foods burn fat for weight loss.
Foods BURN Fat, Really?
Really it’s true. As someone often described as a skeptic, I too lifted my eyebrows in suspicion when I heard this.
Foods that burn fat do so by increasing your metabolism. Adding these foods to your diet will help fat loss because of the energy required to digest them. For example digesting fat requires less energy than protein, which is why we here at TFLA are constantly encouraging you to eat a diet with lean proteins and lots of fiber.
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What Are These “Magical” Foods?
If you’ve tried tons of fad diets in the past with little (or zero) success, foods that burn fat probably do seem a little magical. There’s no magic involved I promise!
The reason we see these foods as “magical” or fraudulent is because we’ve become too addicted to processed, pre-packaged, deep-fried, sugar-coated, partially hydrogenated…crap, to put it honestly. But you know those foods that come straight up from the ground, occasionally covered in dirt? Well those are the healthy parts of the food pyramid that HELP with fat loss.
Eggs have a lot of cholesterol, which is my biggest beef with them. But 1 egg contains more than 6 grams of protein that your body will burn easier than other fattier breakfast options.
If you’re concerned about cholesterol–and you should be–2 egg whites contain the same amount of protein as 1 whole egg while giving you half the calories!
Beans, beans are good for the heart, the more you eat…the more fat you burn! Bet you didn’t think that’s where I was going?
That’s because we only remember one thing about beans, but another important thing about some members of the bean family is that they are a great source of protein and fiber. I personally love beans as an alternative to meat a few days each week.
[These tasty edamame beans are the perfect fat burning snack. Warm or cold you can pop'em like chips without the salty fingers!]
Beans like Kidney, Navy, Lima, and Edamame are high in protein and fiber, as long as you stay away from baked beans or worse, refried beans. These options have lots of fat and sugar on top of the goodness, which really just spells extra work for you at the gym.
Just to give you an idea, 1 cup of boiled kidney beans has 11 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein with just 1 gram of sugar. If you’re still worried about smelly side effects, just make sure to cook your beans thoroughly to avoid embarassment.
When it comes to a quick breakfast food that burns fat, very few items compete with oatmeal. Oatmeal not only helps burn fat, but the soluble fiber in oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol too.
Get the most fat burning power out of your oatmeal by:
- Using honey or fruit rather than sugar to sweeten.
- Get old-fashioned oats instead of instant, the difference in cook time is a few minutes.
- AVOID flavored oatmeal.
Another reason oatmeal is awesome for weight loss? It stays in your belly much longer than fatty breakfast foods, which means you won’t be making a beeline for the doughnut shop before 10am!
When you want a snack that isn’t junk food, reach for almonds. Almonds make you feel full so you’re less likely to eat when you aren’t hungry. On top of that, just 1 ounce of almonds contains 4 grams of protein and 4% of your daily value of fiber.
That’s a snack that fills you up and helps you shed unwanted fat.
Carbs are good, despite what you’ve heard recently. Aside from being good, carbs are also an excellent source of energy, which you’ll need to get regular exercise. The reason carbs have such a bad reputation is because of their evil step-sister processed carbs.
White breads, pastas, bagels, and rice are stripped of most of their nutritional value and most of the wheat, so you have to eat more to feel full. Whole grains however have not been processed to within an inch of their life, and thus retain much of what’s good for you.
[Grains that lack this earthy brown color are not whole and thus, not foods that burn fat. Period.]
Don’t let “wheat” labels fool you either, because they’re just as bad. If it doesn’t indicate that the food is made from “whole grains” then it isn’t and it’s not one of the awesome foods that burn fat.
Berries are probably one of my favorite fruits. They make great smoothies and smaller berries like blueberries and raspberries can be popped one at a time…just like candy! And raspberries are packed with fiber–just 1 cup has 8 grams!
Berries also have lots of pectin, which basically bullies the fat into releasing fat cells. That spells great news for the fat-ridden parts of our bodies.
There are plenty of reasons to eat salmon aside from it being a food that burns fat. It has tons of protein (39g per 1/2 filet), and most important the Omega-3 helps boost your metabolism so you burn more fat.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever tried a weight loss pill that green tea helps burn fat. Studies have shown that a green tea regimen will help reduce fat by preventing the fat from growing and getting absorbed into the belly.
This doesn’t mean to go crazy with green tea products to burn fat, it just means add a few cups of green tea to your day to HELP your weight loss efforts.
None of these foods of drink alone will help you reach your fat loss goals. Of course regular diet and exercise are required as well, but adding these foods to your diet will give your weight loss a nudge in the right direction.
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