Do you wish you could eat certain foods to actually burn fat?
Do you wish you knew the right foods to eat to help you lose weight fast and keep it off?
Sound far fetched?
I used to think so too, until I started to eat these 22 fat burning foods that helped me effortlessly shed unwanted weight.
Have you heard the saying “a calorie is a calorie” before?
Well, it’s totally false. You need the right foods in the right amounts, not just the “right” amount of calories per day.
Think about this… A cookie and a banana – both 100 calories.
Which do you think is better for fat loss?
The answer — a banana!
It’s full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and more — all of which your body needs in order to lose weight and keep it off for good.
Otherwise, you’re literally starving your body of vital nutrients, making it nearly impossible to lose weight.
So, stop worrying about calorie counting and instead focus on nutrient-dense foods like these 22 Fat Burning Foods:
High in antioxidants and fiber, these sweet little berries will help you get rid of belly fat according to a study done at the University of Michigan. Not only that, but blueberries help fight against cardiovascular disease.
Raw or lightly roasted, almonds are a great snack to provide you with a healthy dose of fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Not only that, but almonds have been shown to lower cholesterol.
Foods that are high in water content, like watermelon, are filling without the added calories. Watermelon is extremely low in calories, with only 45 calories per cup, while still providing many vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This makes it a great option for anyone trying to lose weight.
Oats help decrease hunger by keeping you fuller longer thanks to the high fiber content. Oatmeal has also been linked to a decrease in cholesterol. Be sure to avoid any instant oatmeals, especially flavored packets, as they are often loaded with sugar and fake ingredients. Instead, opt for plain old fashioned oats or try this recipe!
Adding a dash of cinnamon to your morning coffee or oatmeal may help decrease blood sugar and triglyceride levels in your blood after eating, which is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Eat them with the skin on and you’ll give yourself a healthy dose of ursolic acid, which has been shown to aid fat loss. A recent study showed that those fed ursolic acid had an increase in lean muscle and a decrease in weight gain, though they were eating more than their counterparts who weren’t fed ursolic acid.
Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients with anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. Broccoli is low in calories but very high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium — making it a must-have for those trying to lose weight.
Packed with fiber and protein, lentils help increase fullness and satiety. They also contain a whopping 35% of your daily iron needs.
9. Green Tea
Green tea contains catechins, which benefit almost every organ in your body — fighting against heart disease, brain dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, cancer and more.
As long as your drinking it black (or with a small dash of almond milk), coffee can aid in weight loss. Drinking coffee before exercise helps increase fat burning by utilizing fat stores,instead of carbohydrates for fuel.
Potatoes get a bad rap, even though civilizations have been living off of them for decades. They are incredibly filling, which means you’ll end up eating less naturally. Potatoes deliver a wide variety of nutrients including vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium.
Avocados are a superfood loaded with fiber, potassium, essential vitamins and healthy fats. Great for salads, tacos, homemade guacamole, and as a topping for soups.
Oranges are full of fiber, which helps regulate digestion, and are very low in calories making them a great option if you’re trying to lose weight. They also help fight cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and much more.
Think the whole grapefruit thing is a hoax? Think again. A recent study at Vanderbilt University showed that those who consumed half a grapefruit or drank a glass of grapefruit juice before their meal lost an average of 15 pounds in 14 weeks.
16. Chia Seeds
With a whopping 11 grams of fiber per ounce, chia seeds are one of the best sources of fiber in the world. This may help reduce appetite because chia seeds can absorb 11-12 times their weight in water, which expands in your stomach keeping you fuller longer. Try this chia seed pudding recipe!
Coconut contains a healthy fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCFA) that can raise the metabolic rate of your liver by up to 30%. Not only that, but coconuts are 61% fiber, which means you’ll stay satisfied for hours. Try flaked coconut on top of a smoothie or a dash of coconut milk in your coffee.
18. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens include spinach, kale, chard, collards, romaine, parsley, and cabbage. Loaded with fiber but very low in calories, leafy greens are a great way to increase the volume of your meals without adding many calories. On top of that, they are incredibly nutritious with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Full of fiber and protein, quinoa is a great food to aid in fat loss. Prepared like rice, quinoa contains iron, magnesium and lysine. Try our favorite zesty quinoa salad recipe!
20. Chili Peppers
Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in a recent study. So don’t be afraid to add a little spice to your next dish 😉
Garlic contains allicin, an enzyme that helps lower bad cholesterol and metabolize fat cells. Add crushed garlic to sautéed veggies or your favorite dish for a fat burning boost.
Asparagus is widely known for it’s detoxification effects by helping your body dispel toxins and waste. It also contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, E, and K, essential to losing weight.
Ready to start incorporating these fat burning foods into your diet? Great!
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