So you want to burn that fat in time to show off that rock hard body in a swimsuit this summer? I’m guessing you’ve tried “dieting” several times before with little to no results and have become frustrated at what to do. I’m about to reveal some amazing fat burning foods that will generate some amazing results. However, before we get started, I have a couple of very important notes to bring to your attention. These ‘fat burning foods’ are not ‘miracle foods’ and should be used in conjunction with an exercise plan. As always, the key to results is consistency and commitment. In other words, don’t have a burger and fries with these fat burning foods. The idea is to use these foods as a substitute or addition to your already high protein-low carb meal. Also, don’t quit 2 weeks in if you’re not seeing life-hanging results. Losing weight takes work and time. Remember, you see yourself every day, so you won’t see the day-to-day changes. Ok… enough rambling, on to what you came here for. The foods that “burn fat”:
· Whole Grains – Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods
· Protein – has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).
· Low-Fat Dairy – Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.
· Green Tea– Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.
· Lentils – One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metab slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, co-author of The Secret to Skinny.
· Hot Peppers – Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers, says Lakatos Shames. “Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats.”
These aren’t miracle foods, but they will help you facilitate weight loss. Remember, this should be used with an exercise plan based on your own specific goals. Stay consistent, patient and focused