Maintaining a healthy weight doesn't have to be difficult anymore. Add these top 5 fat burning foods to your diet and you'll be well on your way to weight loss wonderland.
Of course, this is not the only thing you should do but these foods are a great place to start.
Top Five Fat Burning Foods
1. Hot Peppers
Capsaicin is the chemical in hot peppers responsible for giving them their spicy, mouth burning flavor. it’s most present in hot peppers like the habanero pepper, cayenne pepper and the jalapeno. (source)
Since capsaicin is responsible for the heat of the pepper, the hotter the pepper the more capsaicin there is. Now, for those of you who don't tolerate heat well, don't worry.
Bell peppers contain chemicals called capsaicinoids which are in the family of capsaicin and have a similar effect. (source)
Bell peppers don’t contain the high concentrations that you would find in hot peppers but they're a great option if eating a jalapeno pepper makes you break into a full body sweat.
My wife, for example, can't eat hot peppers. Even a tiny amount of a jalapeno sets her mouth on fire. Needless to say she doesn't eat them.
So what do we do?
We eat lots of bell peppers. we blend them in our green drinks, we cook with them, and we dice them up on our salads.
Not only are they great for losing fat and keeping our mid sections nice and slim, but they're also loaded with critical vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our bodies need. (source)
Now if you’re one of those brave souls that can eat really hot peppers, then go for those first. Remember the hotter the pepper the more capsaicin that's in the pepper and the more fat burning thermogenic effects you get.
Try adding a little bit of Tabasco sauce or diced up jalapenos to your meal to capitalize on those belly fat burning effects.
Good news for those of you who love sushi or dried seaweed chips!
Seaweed contains a carotenoid (color pigment in the same family as carotone) called fucoxanthin which may be beneficial in fat loss. Including, but not limited to belly fat!
In a recent double-blind study, obese women showed a significant reduction in body weight of about 5 kg over a 16 wk period of time from taking a fucoxanthin supplement.
Here's an inexpensive fucoxanthin supplement.
More good news about seaweed: seaweed fiber can help block fat absorption. Even a small amount of seaweed fiber, which you can get from dried seaweed chips or even sushi, can block your body from absorbing up to a third of the fat you take in. (source)
The fat loss properties and other potential health benefits of seaweed are still being studied and appear to be in the early stages but it's showing promise in fighting fat, diabetes, and potentially cancer.
Takeaway, work some seaweed into your diet. As with everything you do, do it in moderation but some dried seaweed chips make for a healthy snack that tastes amazing.
3. Dark Leafy Greens And Green Vegetables
Greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Eating a salad, a cup of vegetables, or even a green drink before your meals can go a long way toward helping you feel full longer.
Not only are greens low in calories, but the fiber content also helps to slow digestion. (source)
By slowing down digestion you feel full longer and your body has more time to break down your food which results in better absorption of the nutrients your body needs and wants.
You’ll take in less calories which helps in fat loss and you'll experience the real benefits that come from the detoxifying power of greens.
Weight loss is inevitable when you give your body what it needs to function properly. We all need lots of greens to function well and of course burn fat.
Just make sure to opt for dark green lettuces and vegetables.
Focus on eating greens such as spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, romaine, and arugula.
Your local grocery store most likely sells deep green mixes which is a mixture of all the deep greens put together in a bag or clear plastic container.
They're usually about $5.00 and all you have to do is throw it in a salad or blend it in a green drink.
Eat a salad or green drink before each meal and you'll notice you're feeling full, satisfied, and the pounds begin dropping without even trying.
For an added bonus, drink a glass of water before each meal. This helps you feel even more full and keeps you hydrated.
Avocado happens to be one of my favorite fat burning foods. It's loaded with fiber and lots of healthy fats that go a long way toward improving mood and keeping you full longer.
The fats in avocado also happen to be happy heart fats; meaning they're good for improving heart health. And one avocado contains between 11 and 17 grams of the fiber. Which is a big chunk of your daily recommended fiber intake. (source)
For women it’s recommended to eat between 25 and 30 grams of fiber each day. For men the daily fiber intake should be about 38 grams. Since your fiber should be from whole food sources and not supplements, avocados are a great source. (source)
Eating just one avocado each day can put you above the average 15 grams of fiber most adults eat each day.
The big takeaway is that eating avocado is a great fat loss food. It tastes awesome, it’s loaded with fiber that keeps you feeling full longer, and promotes a healthy heart.
Try adding some diced up avocado to your salad, add some to your morning eggs with a little bit of salsa, or experiment with putting avocado in your green drink.
Protein has a whole host of benefits.
Your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does with fat or carbohydrates. About 30% of the protein calories you eat go toward breaking down the protein. (source)
Protein also contains the amino acids your body needs to build muscle and function properly in general.
Did you know there are tens of thousands of different proteins in your body? Eating lean meats with each meal gives your body the amino acids it needs to build all of these different types of proteins.
This means your body has what it needs to keep you feeling great, looking toned, and burning fat.
Opt for lean protein sources such as poultry and fish. Fish has the added benefit of being loaded with heart-healthy omega-3s. Turkey and chicken are also great lean meats with high protein content.
Experiment by adding some diced chicken to your salad or making a turkey and vegetable stew. Red meat is OK once in awhile but because of the high saturated fat content, you want to keep red meat to only a few times per week.
What If You Still Feel Hungry?
If you notice that you're still hungry, it's better to eat more protein, more vegetables, and more greens than it is to give up and reach for an unhealthy snack.
Try experimenting with your portions and meal frequency. Instead of eating three meals a day, maybe eating five or six smaller meals works better for you.
Anytime you're eating to lose weight, it's a good thing to maintain a mild feeling of hunger.
In fact when you begin eating these five fat burning foods, you may notice that you're eating more food than usual but you still feel hungry a few hours after eating.
This is because these foods can help ramp up your metabolism.
The calories you're taking in are immediately put to use by giving your body what it needs to function properly and begin burning fat on a high level.
So if you feel that mild sense of hunger during the day, celebrate that feeling because it means your body’s become a fat burning furnace.
Work these 5 fat burning foods into your day and you'll be burning belly fat faster than Usain Bolt can run the 40. You'll also have more energy, look great, and you might even be in a better mood... which your friends and family will all appreciate.
Do you have a favorite food or diet? Let me know in the comments!